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7 August 2014
Turnover and profits down at Stonegate

Latest published accounts from Stonegate show both turnover and profits down in a year in which the company said producer returns were affected by hig...


7 August 2014
Second price cut blamed on competitive market

Noble Foods has warned that the egg market has become extremely competitive after the company cut producer prices for the second time this year. No...


7 August 2014
Packer woes packed meeting with promises of fair dealings

Expanding producer and packer L J Fairburn & Sons is still looking for new contract producers and is still resisting any temptation to cut producer pr...


7 August 2014
BEIC Monthly Update

The big news of the past few weeks has been that of the departure of Owen Paterson as Secretary of State at Defra and the arrival of new Secretary of ...


7 August 2014
Minister rejects early beak tipping decision

Farming Minister George Eustice has rejected a call for an early decision to rule out the introduction of a ban on beak trimming in 2016. The Briti...


7 August 2014
Tributes paid to ‘gentleman trader’

Tributes have been paid to the former operations planning manager with Noble Foods, Colin Saunders, who has died at the age of 67. Colin spent more...


7 August 2014
Enriched stocking density makes little difference

Research conducted in the United States suggests that the density at which chickens are stocked in enriched cage systems makes little difference to ei...


7 August 2014
One free range egg – a goldmine of nutrients!

Free-range eggs are an excellent source of nutrition but are we saying enough about it? There are a number of myths about the healthiness of eggs, ...


7 August 2014
AI scare reinforces need for vigilance

There was relief for the United Kingdom poultry industry when investigations into an avian influenza scare in Wales ruled out highly pathogenic strain...


7 August 2014
House of Commons feed cost concerns

A House of Commons committee has expressed concern about the rising cost of animal feed. The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee has call...


6 August 2014
Feed Mill August 2014

In the last three months of The Ranger, November wheat futures were £149/t, £136/t and now £128/t, more or less a fall of £10 month for the last two m...


6 August 2014
Bill Broody August 2014

There are some that argue that EU Legislation is a lesson in economics. With every law and rule implemented across the community the consequences are ...


6 August 2014
Unmasking the packer price!

Free range egg producers are being invited to help create a new monthly comparison guide that will detail the best and worst packer prices currently a...


6 August 2014
Director of Policy Report: August 2014

Members of the BFREPA Council met with the packers body, NEMAL, on the 9 July. Only two packers attended – Noble and Oaklands. It was disappointin...


6 August 2014
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
Feed Mill July 2014

In last month’s Ranger, November wheat futures were £149 and now they are trading at £136/t, not entirely unexpected because of the almost perfect wea...


1 July 2014
Bill Broody July 2014

It’s interesting listening to the perspectives of some buyers on the state of the free range egg market. Many are now looking longer into the futu...


1 July 2014
Expansion for Californian egg business

An ambitious California egg business has expanded its operations still further with the acquisition of part of the Land O'Lakes egg division. The S...


1 July 2014
Italy found guilty of breaching cage ban but no fine imposed

Egg industry leaders in the United Kingdom have welcomed the news that Italy has been found guilty of breaching the European Union ban on the use of c...


1 July 2014
Producer delight at priceless advice

In 2009 Geraint and Anabel Powell set up their free-range flock as part of a farm diversification project. Their farm near Kerry, Powys has been reapi...


1 July 2014
Trial compares lupins as a replacement to soya

A three year research project into the use of home grown yellow and narrow-leafed lupins as a soya replacement in animal feeds is nearing completion. ...


1 July 2014
Leading vet warns that Australian free range and intensive units should be kept apart

A leading vet has said that free range egg producers should make use of smaller, widely spaced production units and avoid siting them close to cage un...


1 July 2014
Stonegate - last of the big packers to cut

Stonegate has finally followed Noble and some other leading packers in cutting the price paid to producers for eggs. When Noble cut its prices earl...


1 July 2014
Population growth will lead to more demand for eggs

Demand for eggs will increase by more than 60 per cent over the coming decades, according to a new Temperton Fellowship report. Global population g...


1 July 2014
United States fines egg producer for salmonella outbreak

A United States egg baron and his son could be jailed for up to a year after admitting their part in an egg scandal that left 62,000 consumers ill wit...


1 July 2014
Price war boosts free range sales with promotions

New figures released by the British Retail Consortium show that food sales declined in the three months to May - a symptom of the price war launched b...


1 July 2014
BEIC Monthly Update

Beak trimming continues to dominate the political agenda for the egg industry. In May BEIC decided that the time was opportune to raise this issue fur...


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