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16 February 2015 | Chairmans Comment,News
Chairman's Comment February 2015

We are almost at the end of January and yesterday’s news was all about the general election being only 100 days away. Normally this wouldn’t really ha...


23 January 2015 | Chairmans Comment,News
Chairman's Comment January 2015

Well what a Christmas - one that I will not forget for many reasons! But more than any other was the arrival of our first child Arabella on the 17th o...


A series of challenges for new BFREPA chairman

When the Ranger visited Myles Thomas he was less than two months away from becoming chairman of BFREPA and only six weeks ago he had placed a flock in...


5 November 2014 | News,Organic,Packers,Retailers,Welfare
Retailers and packers report increased demand for organic egg

New figures from the Soil Association appear to confirm anecdotal evidence that demand for organic eggs is picking up after a long period in the doldr...


5 November 2014 | Chairmans Comment,News
Chairman's Comment November 2014

Congratulations must go to David and Helen Brass and his team for winning the Farmers Weekly Poultry Farmer of the Year 2014. Their business ethos is ...


2 September 2014 | Chairmans Comment,News
Chairman's Comment September 2014

With an outbreak of salmonella food poisoning effecting around 250 people being linked to eggs it is of major concern to all in the industry. While we...


7 August 2014 | Feed,News,Veterinary
Avian influenza - Just when you thought it had gone quiet!

It was too good to be true! Apart from a few sporadic cases across the Channel, it appeared that the avian influenza virus, capable of causing outbrea...


6 August 2014 | Chairmans Comment,News
Chairman's Comment August 2014

They say a week is a long time in politics and this week proves it with the latest cabinet re-shuffle. Just as you get a minister to understand your c...


1 July 2014 | Chairmans Comment,News
Chairman's Comment July 2014

Thank you to all who have written to their MP about the review on beak trimming. But there are still a number of producers who have not. I cannot stre...


28 May 2014 | Chairmans Comment,News
Chairman's Comment June 2014

What a busy month this has been! Firstly it was great to see so many of you on our stand over the two days at The Pig and Poultry Fair and to put a fa...


25 April 2014 | Feed,News,Veterinary,Welfare
Use of medications in free range laying birds

A common misconception within the Free Range laying sector is that medicating the flock which is suffering from a current disease challenge is the an...


25 April 2014 | Chairmans Comment,News
Chairman's Comment May 2014

Last month I made a visit to a poultry farm where they produce and market all their own eggs. Four years ago they went into free range production to m...


USA success for happy egg as they pass one million dozen

Noble Foods has passed the one million mark in the United States with its happy egg brand of free range eggs. Noble, Britain's biggest egg packing ...


31 March 2014 | Chairmans Comment,News
Chairman's Comment: April 2014

We are all fully aware that beak tipping is being reviewed next year with a potential ban in 2016. As we wait for the results from the beak trimming t...


5 March 2014 | Chairmans Comment,News
Chairman's Comments: March 2014

What does BFREPA stand for? Originally set up by producers to lobby for fair standards and price for this “new” form of egg production, demanded by co...


4 February 2014 | Chairmans Comment,News
Chairman's Comments: February 2014

With Christmas celebrations well and truly over, what has 2014 got installed for us? Firstly the weather, here we have already had over 4 inches of ra...


14 December 2013 | Chairmans Comment,News
Chairman's Comment: January 2014

Just before the AGM we launched four training courses, two on pullet rearing and two on bird health. We have had some help with funding to reduce the ...


Free range row as Government Minister attacks Australian free range market

A row has flared up over an outbreak of avian influenza in Australia after a Government minister claimed that free range egg production could lead to ...


2 December 2013 | Chairmans Comment,News
Chairman's Comment: December 2013

What a full on month! If the AGM was not enough then we had the press to deal with. With a statement being made that “Enriched cages, which have repla...


4 November 2013 | Chairmans Comment,News
Chairman's Comment: November 2013

Yet another busy month with BFREPA being represented at all major meetings concerning our industry. BTAG meeting by the time you read this will have m...


12 September 2013 | Veterinary
Diagnostic Sampling- the where when and why!

Your flock have taken a turn for the worse, egg production has dropped, egg quality is poor or mortality has increased- what do you do? For most, t...


6 August 2013 | Chairmans Comment,News
August 2013 - Chairman's Comment

What a change in the weather! With the last 9 months being mainly grey, cold and wet, when the British weather changes it goes to extremes. On our own...


Newcastle disease - the forgotten pest?

The poultry industry in Cyprus has been devastated by an outbreak of Newcastle disease, which has resulted in the loss of more than 250,000 birds so f...


16 January 2013 | News,Organic
Organic eggs 'still declining'

Recent statistics indicate that demand for organic eggs is still declining. Figures compiled by Kantar Worldpanel for the 52 week period up to Oct...


16 January 2013 | Chairmans Comment,News
January 2013 - Chairman's Comment

What a year and for some 2012 cannot end too soon. At the start of the year we had the enforced ban on caged production, which put the whole Europe...


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