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23 January 2018| Husbandry,News,Veterinary

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...


18 January 2018 | News,Veterinary,Welfare
Heightened bio-security order issued after second case of AI in wild birds

Restrictions have been extended across the whole of England after avian influenza was discovered in more wild birds. Last week the chief vet ordere...


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...


19 November 2017 | News,Ranging,Veterinary,Welfare
Bird flu: Egg industry criticises govt for reluctance to deal with backyard flocks

The free range egg industry has showed its disappointment with the Government's reluctance to change the way in which it deals with bird flu outbreaks...


16 October 2017 | News,Ranging,Veterinary,Welfare
Bird flu reported in Netherlands - 41,500 birds culled

Avian influenza has been reported in a commercial layer flock in the Netherlands. The outbreak is in a flock of 41,500 birds in the Zeeland region ...


15 October 2017 | News,Veterinary,Welfare
Egg producers pass no confidence motion in RSPCA Assured

Free range egg producers have passed a no confidence vote in Freedom Food following the latest twist in an increasingly bitter dispute over aerial per...


12 September 2017 | News,Ranging,Retailers,Veterinary,Welfare
Farmers face bankruptcy as retailers seek fipronil damages

Dutch egg farmers are facing the threat of total ruin, with supermarkets demanding compensation from them for the fipronil scandal. Eric Hubers, ch...


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 ...


17 May 2017 | News,Ranging,Veterinary,Welfare
BFREPA defends founding principle 'freedom from pain' in aerial perching dispute

Free range egg producers may quit a farm assurance scheme following its decision to press ahead with controversial plans to enforce the use of aerial ...


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...


24 March 2017 | News,Veterinary
Housing order causes surge in red mite

The housing order introduced to try to prevent the spread of avian influenza has resulted in a surge in the numbers of red mite in layer flocks. St...


22 February 2017 | News,Ranging,Veterinary,Welfare
Chief Vet Nigel Gibbens questions future of free range egg production in higher risk bird flu areas

(The full video including questions and answers will be uploaded shortly) The UK's Chief Vet Nigel Gibbens has said egg producers in some higher ri...


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...


13 February 2017 | News,Veterinary,Welfare
Bird flu confirmed in Suffolk broiler unit which houses 23,000 birds

The Government has confirmed a case of H5N8 avian flu at a premises near Redgrave, Suffolk. The UK’s Deputy Chief Veterinary Officer has today (13 ...


9 February 2017 | News,Ranging,Veterinary,Welfare
POSTCODE LOTTERY: Neighbours find themselves on opposite sides of the Government's new English free range divide

Farming neighbours Dave White and Daniel Brown will soon find themselves on opposite sides of a new free range divide following the Government's decis...


8 February 2017 | News,Ranging,Veterinary,Welfare
Defra to lift housing order in low risk areas

The Government has agreed to act to avoid a crisis in the free range egg industry by lifting the housing order imposed to protect against avian influe...


25 January 2017 | News,Veterinary,Welfare
Bird flu confirmed in flock of farmed pheasants in Lancashire

The Government has confirmed H5N8 avian flu in a flock of farmed pheasants at a premises in Preston, Lancashire. The UK’s Chief Veterinary Officer ...


12 January 2017 | News,Veterinary,Welfare
Big spike in bird flu cases raises concerns at World Organisation for Animal Health

The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) has expressed concern about a big spike in highly pathogenic avian influenza in Europe. The number o...


6 January 2017 | News,Veterinary,Welfare
Bird flu confirmed in backyard flock in North Yorkshire

The Government has confirmed H5N8 avian flu in a small backyard flock near Settle in North Yorkshire. A 3km Protection Zone and a 10km Surveillance...


Poultry housing order welcomed by egg industry

Egg industry leaders have welcomed a decision to implement a housing order to protect the country from highly pathogenic avian influenza. The Gover...


7 December 2016 | News,Ranging,Veterinary,Welfare
DEFRA issues 30 day housing order

The Government has imposed a housing order across England to try to protect poultry units from a strain of highly pathogenic avian influenza hitting E...


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...


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