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Dear Readers,

We have launched AgriExpo e-Magazine as a source of innovation and inspiration for agriculture professionals such as yourselves. Our third edition focuses on the much-talked-about topic of animal welfare. In the poultry sector, we discuss some of the downsides of cage-free production with certain farmers and researchers who explain their projects for improvement. Transporting live cattle has also been undergoing many changes in welfare standards; in this issue, we focus on current standards in Australia. In parallel, we talk to David Lucas from Dr. Naylor about the company’s method of dehorning calves at an early age.

Don’t miss our video report on The World’s 1st International Coconut Congress which took place in the Philippines and our video interview at The Kul Kul Farm in Bali, Indonesia, where we learn more about permaculture. 

Enjoy,

Erin Tallman, Editor-in-Chief

Courtesy of Coomalie Holding Depot.

Cattle welfare is a top priority for the staff at Coomalie Holding Depot in Australia’s top end just 90 kilometres south of Darwin. This holding centre normally handles around 70,000 head of cattle per year, as was the case in 2017, but already this year 75,000 cattle have been exported in the first six months. Cattle...


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Farmers specialized in livestock understand the importance of dehorning—cattle with horns can cause injury to farm workers, horses, dogs and other cattle. However, with the rise in consciousness of animal welfare, the growing disapproval of the traditional methods of cutting or burning horns off has brought about new...


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Around the world, egg farmers are working to improve animal health and welfare by designing new and better cage-free housing systems. For the most part they have been successful; cage-free birds seem to be healthier, happier and stronger. But there are downsides to cage-free production that most consumers don’t know...


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    CONTRIBUTORS

    Erin Tallman

    American artist Erin Tallman is a journalist for various online publications and is the Editor in Chief of AgriExpo e-magazine and ArchiExpo e-magazine. She has published three books, including her first novel.


    Frederick Bernas

    Frederick Bernas is a journalist, filmmaker and photographer living in Latin America.


    Vanessa Liwanag

    Vanessa Liwanag, is an MBA alumni of the prestigious Mod’Art International in Paris and founder of Creative Talents Worldwide.


    Monica Hutchings

    Monica Hutchings is a Canadian writer and translator from Toronto who has worked on everything from technical descriptions to academic journals. She is also our in-house DirectIndustry English translator.


    Melanie Epp

    Melanie Epp is a freelance agricultural journalist from Ontario, Canada. She writes regularly for over 25 publications in Canada, the U.S. and Europe. Website: www.melanierepp.com


    Chris McCullough

    With 16 years’ experience behind him, award-winning multimedia agricultural journalist, Chris McCullough travels extensively around the world to bring readers the freshest and most relevant international news. Chris grew up on a family dairy farm in the heart of Northern Ireland and is based on the country’s east coast.


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