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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...


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-...


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 birds have been lost in t out...


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 disinfection following bird flu ...


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...


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 tackling the threat of an...


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 of production. His appe...


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 of bird flu. Representa...


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 | 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 year ahead, although both ...


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...


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...


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 trimming could damage the ...


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...


26 November 2015 | News,Veterinary,Welfare
Government says 'No' to beak trimming ban

Farming minister George Eustice has said that a ban on beak trimming will not be introduced in the UK from January 2016. NFU chief poultry adviser ...


26 November 2015 | News,Veterinary
Bird flu detected in France

France, the European Union's biggest agricultural producer, reported its first outbreak of the deadly H5N1 bird flu virus in eight years after detecti...


13 November 2015 | News,Veterinary
Producer speaks out about devastating impact of avian influenza

The owner of a Lancashire egg business devastated by an outbreak of avian influenza has spoken about the effect on himself and his business. Dave S...


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...


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...


23 October 2015 | News,Veterinary
Research underway at Auburn to control AI in poultry feeds

Pathogen control specialist Anitox has confirmed that studies are underway, jointly funded by the US Poultry and Egg Association, designed to offer cr...


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...


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