Karen was born and raised on a farm near
Nokomis, Illinois. She grew up working with
eggs as well as other farm chores. She loved
the farm and was active in 4H and FFA
organizations. Her judging teams were quite
successful winding up with a first and a
fourth in National Competitions. She
graduated from the U. of I. and enjoys
promoting agriculture across Illinois. She
is especially proud of her work with the egg
Karen asked if we knew the difference between brown and
white eggs and which chickens lay which
eggs. It turns out that there is no
difference in nutrition. The nutrients in an
egg depend on the diet of the hen. The white
eggs are laid by hens with a white earlobe.
The brown eggs are laid by hens with a brown
Karen started with a slide of a 1940ís chicken houses
and compared it with a modern one in upstate
New York. In the 1940ís a farmer fed 19
Americans. Today, 2% of the population live
on farms and feed the other 98%. She says in
2050 we may be trying to feed 9 billion
people and agriculture will have to keep
changing to keep up. Egg producers will be
looking at things like lighting, housing,
and diet, to increase production.
A hen is interesting bird. They are have
grown used to being close to other hens.
Birds of a feather flock together, just
sayiní. They start laying at 17-18 weeks and
are done at 95 weeks. Past their prime, they
are sent to the slaughter house where all
parts are used. (Japan is a market for legs
A hen lays her
eggs from 7-11 in the morning. They produce
an egg every 24-26 hours and after 9 days
they rest one day. After being laid the eggs
are collected, washed, candled, sorted,
graded, packed, shipped and enjoyed.
Inspection occurs at every step.
The hens are fed corn
and soybean mixtures. An egg has 13
vitamins, 70 calories, and costs 15 cents.
Iowa, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Indiana, and
California produce 51% of the nationís eggs.
The University of
Illinois has a great Poultry Research
Facility in Champaign. They are close to
identifying the markers for ovarian cancer
in birds and that may lead to identifying
the markers in women.
Our speaker this morning offered 11 egg
flipping spatulas to members who with the
next 10 numbers drawn. Itís a slow news day
so here are most of them;
Harold Dausman, Leo
Pondelick, Sue Betzer, Jack McCoy, Jim
Watson, Mike Heger, Jay Poling, Jack Kenny,
speaker donated one to