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23 January 2018| Husbandry,News,Veterinary

3 April 2018 | Barn,Caged,News,Ranging
Controversial law passed forcing US retailers to sell battery eggs

An American state has passed a controversial law forcing retailers to sell eggs produced in battery cages. The legislation has been passed by legis...


23 January 2018 | Husbandry,News,Veterinary
Government raises avian influenza risk to poultry from Low to Medium

The government has raised its avian influeza risk status for commercial poultry from ‘low’ to ‘medium’ following a new bird flu outbreak in wild birds...


10 January 2018 | Husbandry,News,Ranging,Welfare
St Ewe Free Range Eggs to feature on new BBC farming series

BBC One Daytime series, The Farmers’ Country Showdown, is to return for a second series, with St Ewe Free Range Eggs episode airing on 10th January at...


11 December 2017 | Barn,Caged,News,Ranging,Welfare
Chief Vet criticised for saying cage-free pledge a 'regrettable' move

A group of vets has openly criticised chief vet Nigel Gibbens for his suggestion that the cage-free commitment made by leading retailers is "regrettab...


Group claim to have produced world's first carbon neutral eggs

A group of farmers, animal health experts and environmental entrepreneurs claim to have produced the world's first carbon neutral eggs. The eggs, w...


12 July 2017 | Husbandry,News,Veterinary
APHA responds to overstocking concerns

The Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) has responded to egg producers' concerns and questions about enforcement following a drive to crack down on ...


Proposal for AI winter garden in danger of collapse

The egg industry's winter garden plan to overcome the 12-week rule in the event of another bird flu crisis may be in danger of collapse. Egg indust...


All poultry in England to be allowed outside this week as housing order is lifted

All poultry in England will be allowed outside from Thursday 13 April following the latest updated evidence on the risk posed by wild birds. The re...


8 March 2017 | Barn,Caged,News
Retailers ditching caged egg increases interest in barn systems

Big Dutchman distributor Newquip says there has been increased interest in the company's barn systems since announcements by most big UK retailers tha...


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...


21 October 2016 | Barn,Caged,News,Ranging,Retailers,Welfare
Supermarkets urged to clear up confusion on cage egg ban

The United Kingdom’s leading supermarket, Tesco, is planning for barn production to replace colony eggs when it goes cage-free, although most leading ...


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 | 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 to stop the sale of caged...


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...


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. Although the UK Gove...


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 than one front. With Ger...


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...


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 time before supplies outstr...


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 priorities outlined to the Ranger...


4 November 2015 | Husbandry,News,Veterinary
Farming Minister George Eustice discusses impending beak trim decision

Farming Minister George Eustice told poultry industry leaders that he could make no decision on beak trimming until he received the report of an advis...


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...


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