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23 March 2018| News,Welfare

23 March 2018 | News,Welfare
Bird flu confirmed in wild bird in County Antrim, Northern Ireland

Bird flu has been confirmed in a wild bird in County Antrim, Northern Ireland, the first positive wild bird avian influenza finding in NI this year. ...


20 March 2018 | News,Welfare
British Egg Industry Council imposes suspensions following video footage release

The British Egg Industry Council has imposed suspensions on two egg production houses after an animal welfare group released video footage allegedly f...


18 January 2018 | News,Veterinary,Welfare
Heightened bio-security order issued after second case of AI in wild birds

Restrictions have been extended across the whole of England after avian influenza was discovered in more wild birds. Last week the chief vet ordere...


10 January 2018 | Husbandry,News,Ranging,Welfare
St Ewe Free Range Eggs to feature on new BBC farming series

BBC One Daytime series, The Farmers’ Country Showdown, is to return for a second series, with St Ewe Free Range Eggs episode airing on 10th January at...


11 December 2017 | Barn,Caged,News,Ranging,Welfare
Chief Vet criticised for saying cage-free pledge a 'regrettable' move

A group of vets has openly criticised chief vet Nigel Gibbens for his suggestion that the cage-free commitment made by leading retailers is "regrettab...


30 November 2017 | News,Ranging,Retailers,Welfare
Industry accuses govt of giving off 'false impression' over UK egg production figures

British egg industry leaders are looking into official Government figures that apparently give the false impression that production of egg products in...


19 November 2017 | News,Ranging,Veterinary,Welfare
Bird flu: Egg industry criticises govt for reluctance to deal with backyard flocks

The free range egg industry has showed its disappointment with the Government's reluctance to change the way in which it deals with bird flu outbreaks...


7 November 2017 | News,Retailers,Welfare
Senior Trump adviser tells UK to accept chlorinated chicken as part of trade deal

British poultry industry leaders have said they are very concerned about a United States suggestion that the United Kingdom will have to accept chlori...


31 October 2017 | News,Packers,Ranging,Retailers,Welfare
Video: Cage-free pledge by 2025 is a 'regrettable move', chief vet says

The UK's chief vet Nigel Gibbens has described the commitment by leading retailers to go cage-free by 2025 as a "regrettable move." During a speech...


16 October 2017 | News,Ranging,Veterinary,Welfare
Bird flu reported in Netherlands - 41,500 birds culled

Avian influenza has been reported in a commercial layer flock in the Netherlands. The outbreak is in a flock of 41,500 birds in the Zeeland region ...


15 October 2017 | News,Veterinary,Welfare
Egg producers pass no confidence motion in RSPCA Assured

Free range egg producers have passed a no confidence vote in Freedom Food following the latest twist in an increasingly bitter dispute over aerial per...


9 October 2017 | News,Ranging,Retailers,Welfare
Egg industry draws up list of approved pesticides following fipronil scandal

The British Egg Industry Council (BEIC) is drawing up a list of approved pesticides following the recent fipronil scandal. BEIC chief executive Mar...


12 September 2017 | News,Ranging,Retailers,Veterinary,Welfare
Farmers face bankruptcy as retailers seek fipronil damages

Dutch egg farmers are facing the threat of total ruin, with supermarkets demanding compensation from them for the fipronil scandal. Eric Hubers, ch...


4 August 2017 | News,Retailers,Welfare
Millions of eggs withdrawn from sale in Europe over poison fear

Prosecutors have launched a criminal investigation after millions of eggs were either withdrawn from sale or blocked in Europe following chemical cont...


17 May 2017 | News,Ranging,Veterinary,Welfare
BFREPA defends founding principle 'freedom from pain' in aerial perching dispute

Free range egg producers may quit a farm assurance scheme following its decision to press ahead with controversial plans to enforce the use of aerial ...


19 April 2017 | News,Welfare
Dirty water can cost egg producers 8 per cent in production

Dirty water lines could cost egg producers as much as seven or eight per cent in lost production and result in higher rates of bird mortality, accordi...


All poultry in England to be allowed outside this week as housing order is lifted

All poultry in England will be allowed outside from Thursday 13 April following the latest updated evidence on the risk posed by wild birds. The re...


22 February 2017 | News,Ranging,Veterinary,Welfare
Chief Vet Nigel Gibbens questions future of free range egg production in higher risk bird flu areas

(The full video including questions and answers will be uploaded shortly) The UK's Chief Vet Nigel Gibbens has said egg producers in some higher ri...


Marks and Spencer gives financial commitment to free range egg producers in 'high risk' zones

Marks and Spencer has pledged to support free range egg producers who are forced to continue housing their birds after the end of February. The ret...


13 February 2017 | News,Veterinary,Welfare
Bird flu confirmed in Suffolk broiler unit which houses 23,000 birds

The Government has confirmed a case of H5N8 avian flu at a premises near Redgrave, Suffolk. The UK’s Deputy Chief Veterinary Officer has today (13 ...


9 February 2017 | News,Ranging,Veterinary,Welfare
POSTCODE LOTTERY: Neighbours find themselves on opposite sides of the Government's new English free range divide

Farming neighbours Dave White and Daniel Brown will soon find themselves on opposite sides of a new free range divide following the Government's decis...


8 February 2017 | News,Ranging,Veterinary,Welfare
Defra to lift housing order in low risk areas

The Government has agreed to act to avoid a crisis in the free range egg industry by lifting the housing order imposed to protect against avian influe...


25 January 2017 | News,Veterinary,Welfare
Bird flu confirmed in flock of farmed pheasants in Lancashire

The Government has confirmed H5N8 avian flu in a flock of farmed pheasants at a premises in Preston, Lancashire. The UK’s Chief Veterinary Officer ...


12 January 2017 | News,Veterinary,Welfare
Big spike in bird flu cases raises concerns at World Organisation for Animal Health

The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) has expressed concern about a big spike in highly pathogenic avian influenza in Europe. The number o...


6 January 2017 | News,Veterinary,Welfare
Bird flu confirmed in backyard flock in North Yorkshire

The Government has confirmed H5N8 avian flu in a small backyard flock near Settle in North Yorkshire. A 3km Protection Zone and a 10km Surveillance...


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