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4 January 2013 | News,Organic
Eggs could improve health of unborn babies

Mothers could improve the health of their unborn babies by eating eggs during pregnancy, according to new scientific research. A research team in t...


18 December 2012 | Chairmans Comment,News
December 2012 - Chairman's Comment

As your newly elected chairman I would like to thank all of you who attended The BFREPA Conference for coming, and that the new venue at The Nation...


3 November 2012 | Chairmans Comment,News
November 2012 - Chairman's Comment

As I write my last Chairman’s report before standing down on the 22nd November there seems to be a bit of positive news in that I have just received a...


2 October 2012 | Chairmans Comment,News
October 2012 - Chairman's Comment

The last Council Meeting that I will have the privilege of chairing takes place on the 9th October when a lengthy agenda awaits us concerning our free...


9 September 2012 | Chairmans Comment,News
September 2012 - Chairman's Comment

Our policy meeting took place on Tuesday 14th August and it was agreed that we would run a media campaign to highlight the situation free range and or...


7 February 2012 | Feed,News,Organic,Packers,Welfare
Have organic producers any reason to cheer?

Both the Soil Association and Organic Farmers & Growers are looking for reasons to be cheerful in the coming year, despite the continuing decline of o...


7 February 2012 | Free Range & Pasture,News
Apple and Eggs!

Steve Jobs, the visionary designer behind the Apple Mac computer, took his inspiration from eggs, according to a friend and colleague. Jobs, who di...


Dire egg market accelerates sale of unit

The Kingfisher Farms egg business, which supplies free range eggs directly to restaurants, pubs and retail outlets, as well as to Yorkshire Farmhouse ...


28 July 2011 | News,Organic,Packers
Stonegate organic cuts

Stonegate is taking steps to cut the number of organic birds on its books because of continuing difficulties in the organic egg market. We reported...


Alpacas essential for organic farmer

Organic egg producer Gerald Osbourne says alpacas have proven to be a highly effective way of protecting his hens against foxes. Alpacas were intro...


13 February 2011 | Feed,Free Range & Pasture,News
Alpacas guard the flock!

On first appearances Alpacas seem unlikely candidates for taking on the responsibly of guarding chickens and sheep. However, as one commercial chicken...


Organic pullet rearing – an ongoing challenge

Ten years ago John Ridout’s father sold the family dairy farm and indirectly set him on a path to organic free range egg production. After the ...


6 September 2010 | Feed,Free Range & Pasture,News,Packers
Free range gloom as prices and feed hit producers

The bad news just seems to keep coming for free range producers as the major packers introduce further cuts. Stonegate and Fridays both confirmed ...


10 December 2009 | Free Range & Pasture,News,Retailers
Happy Eggs rewarded for grocery brand

The happy egg co., the free-range egg producer has been awarded ’most successful grocery brand launched in 2009’ by mySupermarket Insights...


29 October 2009 | Feed,News,Organic,Welfare
Campaign to promote Organic

A new marketing campaign is to be launched to promote organic, following further evidence that eggs and other parts of the organic poultry sector are ...


16 September 2009 | Feed,Housing & Equipment,News,Veterinary
Help! My flock has skin problems

Skin problems are generally uncommon in commercial free range flocks but can occur and this month’s article aims to give a brief overview of som...


25 August 2009 | Feed,News,Veterinary,Welfare
Supporting team chicken

In previous Ranger articles we have likened the performance of the laying chicken to that of an Olympic athlete. In this article, we are looking at t...


25 August 2009 | Feed,News,Organic
Fishmeal has no place in organic feed

The organic sector should seek to reverse a decision permitting the use of fishmeal in organic pig and poultry diets and repudiate exploitative fishin...


25 August 2009 | Free Range & Pasture,News
Delegates prepare for International Egg Conference in Canada

Worldwide representatives of the egg industry will get together in Canada next month for a four-day conference organised by the International Egg Comm...


Vaccination protecting your pullets and profits

Vaccination plays an essential role in protecting the health of laying flocks in the UK. Pullets are given a comprehensive programme of vaccines du...


16 April 2009 | Free Range & Pasture,News
Significant numbers of egg producers at risk of AI

A recent study into the threat of avian influenza to egg farms found that a significant number of units were at high risk of infection. The study w...


15 April 2009 | News,Veterinary
New President for British Poultry Veterinary Association

At the Spring Meeting of the British Veterinary Poultry Association in Harrogate, Claire Knott was elected President for the term 2009-2011. Clair...


18 March 2009 | News,Veterinary,Welfare
Emergency (Autogenous) vaccines in Principle and Practice

Bacterial infections can cause major economic and welfare issues in farmed animals and are often controlled through the use of antibiotics. A signific...


18 March 2009 | Feed,News,Veterinary,Welfare
Take one tablet three times a day…!

Contrary to what one might think from reading some of the veterinary articles in The Ranger, free range layers are generally very healthy and seldom r...


Organic Conference Going Forward

There was a mood of optimism at an organic conference in Scotland this month despite recent statistics showing a fall in the volume of organic sales. ...


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