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Marks and Spencer gives financial commitment to free range egg producers in 'high risk' zones

Marks and Spencer has pledged to support free range egg producers who are forced to continue housing their birds after the end of February. The ret...


Documents seized in stocking density crackdown

Government agencies have launched a crackdown on overstocking, seizing documents from pullet rearers during unannounced inspections and, the Ranger un...


Backlash grows against Freedom Food rule changes

The new standards are due to come into force next month, but a number of planned changes have angered free range producers, and egg industry leaders h...


3 August 2016 | Caged,Free Range & Pasture,News
No time to act as Freedom Food demand perching changes

The requirement for aerial perches, which were previously the subject of a political battle between Westminster and the European Union, is included in...


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 the British Free Range Egg...


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 conducted a detailed review of it...


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 in the welfare of UK cage-...


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 continued growth in consu...


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 outbreaks have occurred in the ...


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 the year ahead. Despite...


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 reporting south of the bor...


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 cage to free range eggs in t...


Influential Parliamentary committee chairman expects Government to defer beak trim ban

The chairman of an influential Parliamentary committee says he does not expect the Government to go ahead with a ban on the use of beak trimming. A...


26 October 2015 | Free Range & Pasture,News
Award winning egg producer plans to double flock size

Free range egg producer James Baxter is looking to double the number of birds on his family farm near Stranraer in the West of Scotland. James, who...


Are we better than the Americans, just plain lucky, complacent - or a combination of all three?!

“The US poultry industry operated according to a standard of structural and operational biosecurity incapable of protecting flocks from the introducti...


Spanish egg market in financial crisis

Financial crisis and falling consumption have resulted in the collapse of the Spanish egg market, according to the leader of the country’s egg produce...


16 October 2015 | Free Range & Pasture,News,Retailers
US trend moves away from caged production

The boss of a major food products business has said that the trend in United States egg processing is towards cage-free production. Jim Dwyer, pres...


Grants could force a financial crisis in the egg industry

A leading free range egg producer has warned that Welsh Government grants could result in the egg industry suffering the same financial crisis as the ...


Animal Health Organisation warns of ‘Perfect Biological Storm’

A leading figure in the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) has warned that the egg industry is facing a “perfect biological storm.” Dr Bria...


Huge investment and expansion confirms Fairburn’s commitment to free range producers

Fast growing egg producer and packer L J Fairburn & Son is continuing to press ahead with huge investment, expansion and modernisation. Nearly 130,...


Tracker contract oversubscribed!

Noble Foods says it has had a huge response from free range egg producers to its new feed tracker contract. The company – the United Kingdom’s bigg...


Egg consumption on the up

The increasing popularity of eggs for dieters has been one of the key drivers for recent growth in egg consumption, according to British Lion eggs. Co...


Marks and Spencer market double yolker packs

Marks & Spencer is marketing boxes of guaranteed double yolk eggs as part of a high value offer to its customers. The retail giant put its British ...


‘Hendependence Day’ for US hens

Britain’s leading egg packing company, Noble Foods, has launched a transatlantic campaign to boost sales of higher welfare eggs in the United States. ...


Is free range heading for the perfect storm?

The January edition of The Ranger was full of market analysis and predications for the coming year. The volume of free range egg production increased ...


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