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26 July 2016 | Free Range & Pasture,News,

Brexit already affecting free range egg producers, industry says

26 July 2016 | Free Range & Pasture,News,
Brexit already affecting free range egg producers, industry says

Brexit is already affecting free range egg producers, with the falling value of Sterling increasing the price of feed, says t...


26 July 2016 | Caged,News,Ranging,Welfare,
Morrisons becomes latest in string of retailers to go cage-free by 2025

Morrisons has today announced that it is to stop sourcing eggs from caged hens by 2025. A schoolgirl who petitioned Tesco ...


Tesco to stop sourcing eggs from caged hens by 2025

Tesco has today announced that it is to stop sourcing eggs from caged hens by 2025. This comes after the retailer conducte...


Farming leaders weigh up Brexit implications

Egg industry leaders are weighing up the implications of the United Kingdom’s referendum decision to leave the European Union...


20 June 2016 | News,Ranging,Welfare,
Multi-tier rearing units 'are better for the health and welfare of the birds'

Multi-tier rearing units are better for the health and welfare of the birds and produce more financially productive layers. ...


28 May 2016 | News,
Aldi join the growing list of UK retailers to commit to cage free eggs

Aldi UK has followed the discount chain’s Australian business by committing to sourcing only eggs from cage-free hens. The...


Battle fought on more than one front: Eggs at centre stage in the war of retail

Eggs are increasingly finding themselves at the centre of a retail battle, and it is a battle that is being fought on more th...


New study shows animal welfare initiatives improves feather cover of cage-free laying hens

Recognised welfare outcome assessments within farm assurance schemes have shown a reduction in feather loss and improvement i...


13 May 2016 | News,
Former NFU President vs UKIP MEP: Brexit debate fires up farmers at Pig & Poultry Fair

The forthcoming referendum on the United Kingdom’s membership of the European Union was the subject of intense argument at th...


4 May 2016 | News,Veterinary,Welfare,
Italy confirms case of H7N7 High Pathogenic avian influenza in laying birds

Highly pathogenic avian influenza has been confirmed in a commercial layer flock in northern Italy. A total of 17,000 bird...


18 April 2016 | News,Veterinary,
Avian Influenza rule changes could take years to agree

Defra scientists are looking into the possibility of changing the way in which they deal with secondary cleansing and disinfe...


Difficult year predicted for egg producers despite optimism for egg consumption

Lion Eggs chief Andrew Joret fears the next year could be a difficult one for egg producers, although he is optimistic about ...


8 April 2016 | Multi tier,News,
Multi-tier pullet rearing to be assessed for welfare standard

RSPCA laying hen specialist Mia Fernyhough says she is “cautiously positive” about aviary multi-tier pullet rearing systems, ...


16 March 2016 | News,Veterinary,
Concern over Government plans to cut antibiotic use

The body representing animal medicines manufacturers says that some recommendations in a Government commissioned report into ...


8 March 2016 | News,Organic,Ranging,Welfare,
Tesco committed to free range egg multi-tier systems

Tesco agricultural manager John Kirkpatrick has urged free range egg producers not to fight amongst themselves over methods o...


26 February 2016 | News,
Government to spend more on defending against diseases

Defra Secretary Elizabeth Truss says the Government is putting more money into defending against diseases like avian influenz...


25 February 2016 | News,
EU Referendum proves to be focal point at NFU Conference

Defra Secretary Elizabeth Truss launched into the referendum debate at the annual conference of the National Farmers Union (N...


22 February 2016 | News,Veterinary,Welfare,
BEIC reject levy proposal

Egg industry leaders have abandoned an attempt to create a levy scheme to cover the cost of cleaning up following outbreaks o...


19 February 2016 | News,Retailers,
Dragons’ Den hopeful looks for other colour coded cracking egg contracts

Rob Shaw was unable to persuade the entrepreneurs on BBC’s Dragons’ Den to invest in his colour coated hard boiled eggs, but ...


Are backyard flocks an AI threat?

As the Ranger reported last month there have been have been a series of AI outbreaks in France recently. A total of 69 outbre...


17 February 2016 | News,
Agricultural director Tom Willings leaves Noble Foods

Noble Foods’ agricultural director Tom Willings has confirmed that he is leaving the company. Tom, who has been director o...


15 January 2016 | News,
Poultry industry concerned at UK bird flu clean-up costs and procedures

An American vet has told British producers of a cheaper and quicker way to deal with secondary cleansing and disinfection fol...


PREVIEW 2016: ‘Eggs are back in fashion’ says BEIC chairman

Andrew Joret, chairman of the British Egg Industry Council (BEIC), says the egg industry has every reason to be positive in t...


13 January 2016 | News,Organic,
PREVIEW 2016: Organic has reason to be optimistic for the year ahead

Both the Soil Association and Organic Farmers & Growers (OFG) say the organic egg sector has reason to be optimistic in the y...


13 January 2016 | Breeders,News,
PREVIEW 2016: Rearers and breeders strive to improve bird performance and management

Pullet rearers are continuing to work on producing birds that are easier to manage, says Steve Carlyle of Country Fresh Pulle...


13 January 2016 | Free Range & Pasture,News,
PREVIEW 2016: Free range growth set to continue in Scotland

Producers and packers in Scotland are reporting the same huge demand for free range eggs north of the border as traders are r...


13 January 2016 | News,Packers,
PREVIEW 2016: Discounting, market growth and caution dominate packers new year message

Producer and packer L J Fairburn & Son expects demand for free range eggs to continue growing over the next 12 months. The...


13 January 2016 | Free Range & Pasture,News,
PREVIEW 2016: Free range growth in processing set to continue during 2016

The managing director of one of Britain’s leading egg processing companies says he expects to see a continued switch from cag...


13 January 2016 | Feed,News,
PREVIEW 2016: Organic supplies continue to challenge feed mills

Plentiful supplies of cereals should mean good news on feed prices in the year ahead for free range egg producers. But the ne...


PREVIEW 2016: Monkey see, monkey do!

Concerns continue to grow that the free range egg market could slip into oversupply, but egg traders think it will be some ti...


11 January 2016 | News,
AI detected on Dunfermline broiler breeder unit

Vets dealing with an outbreak of avian influenza on a Scottish poultry farm say that the virus has been identified as a mild ...


7 January 2016 | News,Veterinary,Welfare,
Compassion in World Farming criticises beak trim report

The animal welfare group Compassion in World Farming (CIWF) has told The Ranger that a failure to address the issue of beak t...


18 December 2015 | Husbandry,News,Veterinary,
Insurance and levy set to protect poultry industry

An industry-wide levy to cover clean-up costs and more extensive housing orders for free range birds were two of the prioriti...


17 December 2015 | News,
£125 of free secondary cleansing and disinfection cover for members

The British Free Range Egg Producers Association (BFREPA) has struck a ground-breaking deal to provide its members with avian...


11 December 2015 | News,
Demand outstrips funds for Welsh Government grants

Officials have confirmed huge demand for Welsh Government grants that have been made available to free range egg producers. ...


8 December 2015 | News,
Shell egg consumption rises by twenty per cent in just seven years

New analysis carried out for Lion shows that shell egg consumption has increased by as much as 20 per cent over the last seve...


27 November 2015 | News,
'Countryfile' star Adam Henson presents awards at British Free Range Egg Conference

The cream of Britain’s free range egg producers were honoured in the annual awards of the British Free Range Egg Producers As...


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USA | 29 January 2016
Georgia poultry owners urged to move flocks inside

Owners of backyard and pastured poultry are urged by the state veterinarian to move their flocks inside.

The recommendatio...


United Kingdom | 29 January 2016
Sedgeford council says no to poultry scheme

Community leaders have been urged to follow the examples of neighbouring villages and oppose a controversial poultry farm pro...


United Kingdom | 29 January 2016
Bird flu cull to hit 40,000 chickens as 1-kilometre exclusion zone is put in place around Scottish farm

A strain of avian influenza has been found in Fife, with officials urging poultry farmers in Scotland to be vigilant about si...


USA | 29 January 2016
Indiana orders 156,000 chickens destroyed amid bird flu outbreak

Animal health officials investigating a bird flu outbreak in southwest Indiana have ordered 156,000 chickens at one of 10 aff...


USA | 29 January 2016
Free range chickens have more parasites than battery hens, study reveals

Many people prefer free range chicken - not only do they think it tastes better and is healthier, but there has been a lot of...


United Kingdom | 29 January 2016
Greggs to trial new gluten free range for its bakeries

Gregg's bakery is planning to trial a new range of gluten-free products in their stores.

At the moment, coeliac sufferers ...


USA | 29 January 2016
U.S. on high alert for bird flu after Indiana poultry outbreak

In the two weeks since bird flu reappeared in Indiana, U.S. veterinarians have swabbed the mouths of chickens and turkeys acr...


Australia | 11 January 2016
Farmers hose down concerns about unrefrigerated eggs in supermarkets

Egg producers say fears over whether eggs are refrigerated or not in supermarkets are unwarranted.

Recent media reports ha...


Iraq | 11 January 2016
Iraq bans poultry imports from 24 countries over avian flu threat

Iraq has extended a ban on imports of frozen and live poultry products to cover two dozen countries, including China and Sout...


United Kingdom | 11 January 2016
Suspected case of bird flu at Fife poultry farm prompts mass cull

All birds from a poultry farm in Dunfermline are to be culled after a suspected case of bird flu was identified.

A control...


USA | 5 January 2016
Iowa poultry producers prep for new wave of avian flu

Iowa isn’t requiring new bio security standards at its poultry facilities in the wake of last spring’s catastrophic outbreak ...


United Kingdom | 5 January 2016
Chickens stolen from village farm

Police said thieves broke into a farm in Cuttinglye Lane, Crawley Down, between 9am and 2pm on Sunday December 27.

Two eig...


Saudi Arabia | 5 January 2016
Saudi Arabia bans eggs, chicks from two regions in France

Saudi Arabia's agriculture ministry has imposed a temporary ban on incubating eggs and chicks from the Landes and Dordogne re...


USA | 5 January 2016
Subway eggs: cage-free by 2025

Subway restaurant chain intends to transition into serving cage-free eggs in all of its estimated 30,000 restaurant locations...


USA | 5 January 2016
Wendy’s to use only cage-free eggs

Wendy’s today joined several other major users of eggs in announcing plans to move toward use of cage-free eggs. Specifically...


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15 June 2015 | Breeders

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12 April 2015 | News

Soil Association confirms increase in or...

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10 April 2015 | News

Organic producers welcome resurgence

John Retson, a former chairman of the British Free Range Egg Producers’ Ass...


7 April 2015 | Barn

Beak Tipping - The right (and only) deci...

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24 March 2015 | Barn

Egg consumption on the up

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