PETER CAVE: By 2008, most egg producers around Australia will be
required to increase cage sizes from 450 square centimetres per bird
to 550 square centimetres, in an effort to improve conditions for
The new law means that farmers will have to build bigger sheds, sell
their businesses, or move to new sites, all of which they say is
prohibitively expensive for an industry already in decline.
Emma Alberici reports.
EMMA ALBERICI: Australia's $300-million a year egg industry is facing
its biggest change in 25 years. It will improve conditions for the
country's laying hens, but it could send hundreds of farmers to the
WARREN STARICK: There used to be 80 producers in South Australia about
three, four years ago, and I'd say in 2008 we'll probably be down to
about 10, at the most.
WARREN STARICK: The investment is literally millions of dollars, and
so that uncertainty's contributed, plus of course what happened when
the new legislation was announced, equity in our farms virtually