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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,...


Spent hen market collapses as AI outbreak blocks exports

The spent hen market has collapsed in the wake of the bird flu outbreak, with dealers struggling to find customers for meat that is piling up in cold ...


Insurance companies increase their cover for AI clean-up

Insurance companies Scrutton Bland and Thompson and Richardon have increased the cover on their avian influenza insurance because of the high clean-up...


25 August 2015 | News,Veterinary
Research investigates ways to create disease resistant poultry

A team of scientists believes it may have found a way of producing chickens that are resistant to diseases. The scientists, who are based at the Un...


19 August 2015 | News,Veterinary,Welfare
UK initiative to co-ordinate worldwide research into avian diseases

Tackling bird flu will be one of the priorities of a new UK-led initiative to co-ordinate worldwide research into avian diseases. Britain’s Pirbrig...


7 August 2015 | News,Veterinary
Clean-up costs for avian influenza outbreak estimated to top £1m

Clean-up costs could run to as much as £10 per bird for egg producers whose layer units are hit by avian influenza. An outbreak of bird flu at Stav...


29 June 2015 | News,Veterinary
Avian influenza conference hears calls for more robust response

Calls for the use of vaccination, better bio-security and a much more robust response to outbreaks of avian influenza were made at an international co...


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...


Cleaning down after Avian Influenza

If a notifiable strain of Avian Influenza (AI) is confirmed, DEFRA will take action on the infected premises to reduce the risk of the disease spreadi...


Concern over AI resources

A scientific advisory body looking into the bird flu outbreak in Yorkshire in November has raised doubts about the ability of the British authorities ...


12 April 2015 | News,Organic
Soil Association confirms increase in organic sales

Sales of organic eggs were up by nearly 16 per cent in 2014, according to the latest market report produced by the Soil Association. Figures releas...


10 April 2015 | News,Organic
Organic producers welcome resurgence

John Retson, a former chairman of the British Free Range Egg Producers’ Association (BFREPA), has welcomed figures showing a resurgence in the organic...


Beak Tipping - The right (and only) decision please!

As long ago as in 2000, worries about the thought that flocks of hens may have to have untrimmed beaks had already emerged. As a result of this, an en...


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...


Fancy a drink?

Commercial breeds of poultry, in common with most poultry vets and many poultry keepers, like a drink! Adult laying hens in full production drink o...


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. ...


Discussions needed as AI warnings fall short

An outbreak of avian influenza in Hampshire in February was identified using a trial ‘test for exclusion’ system that is due to be reviewed next month...


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 ...


16 February 2015 | Feed,News,Organic,Packers
TV chefs focus on pullet eggs

Organic egg producer Susie Macmillan appears to have sparked pent-up demand for pullet eggs after she went on television to reveal how the small eggs ...


16 February 2015 | News,Packers,Veterinary
Vet warns on antibiotic use

Poultry farmers will have to find ways of combating disease in their poultry with less use of antibiotics in the future. That is the view of leading v...


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