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New organic egg enterprise in Berkshire

BFREPA have recently welcomed Sir Richard Sutton's Settled Estates into membership. The new organic egg unit is based on his estate near Newbury,...


Worms - The hidden enemy

We make no apologies for raising the topic of worms again in this month’s article. In the past year, we have seen an increasing number of hea...


How much range for free range?

As we know, a new year is always a good time to take stock of what we are doing and why we are doing it. The latter part of last year saw discussio...


20 January 2009 | News,Veterinary
The new zoonoses legislation in brief

Since 1st February 2008 - National Control Programme for Laying Flocks Sampling and testing programme at: - day-old and 2 weeks before transfer ...


20 January 2009 | Feed,Husbandry,News,Organic,Welfare
Organic egg production - For how much longer?

During 2008, the financial problems that we are and will be facing have led to a reduction in the sales of organic eggs. Fortunately for the free ran...


19 January 2009 | Feed,News,Organic,Packers,Welfare
Organic holiday floated

An idea to ease the pressure on struggling organic producers has been floated in a consultation document prepared by Organic Farmers and Growers, the ...


12 December 2008 | Feed,News,Veterinary
Salmonella – a look back over the past year and into the future

As 2008 draws to a close we must now review what has happened with Salmonella monitoring and control on farm, how it has affected industry and what im...


Egg production problems

Egg production problems are one of the most frustrating and worrying concerns for the free range egg producer, never more so than at present with worr...


30 September 2008 | Feed,News,Veterinary,Welfare
The Olympic pullet – passing the baton!

The modern pullet is arguably the most important piece of the jigsaw that completes the picture of profitable egg production. Taking the Olympic sport...


30 September 2008 | Feed,News,Organic,Packers
Upbeat note for organic despite difficult times

Given the headlines of recent weeks, producers could be forgiven for thinking that the organic egg market is in meltdown. National newspapers and tele...


24 June 2008 | Feed,News,Veterinary
MAREKS DISEASE – a silent enemy

Mareks disease is an unforgiving disease. The virus lies in wait ready to expose any shortcomings in vaccine administration, biosecurity and disinfec...


24 June 2008 | Feed,Free Range & Pasture,News
Choose Alpacas to guard your flock

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


All eggs to be free-range within two years

Shoppers could be able to buy only free-range eggs from major supermarkets within two years. Major stores have begun clearing their shelves of eggs...


On the wing with organics

Twenty feet up in the trees is not where you’d normally look for point-of-lay pullets. But that’s where at least some of Ben and Cathy We...


Keeping the bugs at bay – how to protect your birds

In previous articles in The Ranger, we have discussed the importance of biosecurity in protecting laying flocks from all the infectious insults around...


27 February 2008 | Feed,News,Veterinary
Vaccination of poultry - All you ever wanted to know

As in human medicine, in the last 50-60 years, there has been tremendous progress in the development of vaccines to protect chickens against both vira...


Flock health - using your senses

Copyright: www.theranger.co.uk Producers are only too well aware that the costs of investigating production and mortality problems in free range la...


19 December 2007 | News,Veterinary
Parasitic Worms

Copyright: Copyright: www.theranger.co.uk Have you thought about what may be happening within the guts of your hens? If not, they may look like th...


19 December 2007 | Breeders,News,Veterinary
New cloned vaccine for Newcastle disease

A new live vaccine for the control of Newcastle disease has been launched by German vaccine specialist, Lohmann Animal Health. Known as AviPro ND...


BFREPA Conference 2008

Organisers BOCM PAUL had promised us that the BFREPA ’Simply Different’ Annual Conference on 22nd November would be an impressive event – ...


19 October 2007 | News,Veterinary
Should Salmonella Typhimurium vaccination be mandatory?

As mentioned above, the Lion Code has been amended. This has been done well in advance of the legislation coming into force, both to prepare producers...


15 August 2007 | Feed,News,Veterinary,Welfare
Salmonella - A disease of complacency

Regular readers of The Ranger might be excused for having a feeling of déjà vu in reading yet another article on Salmonella control ! But before yo...


18 May 2007 | Feed,News,Organic
Prices up but organic gloom grows

Organic price rises have done nothing to lift the gloom that now hangs over the future of the sector. As reports grow of producers planning to aban...


10 May 2006 | Feed,Husbandry,Veterinary
Vaccinating against coccidiosis

Coccidiosis is estimated to cost the UK's poultry industry £40 million every year, with poor performing chickens the result of intestinal damage c...


Louis the llama is the last line of defence

BFREPA member Georg van den Berg has taken the unusual step of installing a llama in his free range paddock as he attempts to reduce fox losses. Geor...


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