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12 January 2017
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
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...


5 January 2017
OFC17: Leadsom under fire for failing to guarantee same level of farming support beyond 2020

Defra's Secretary Andrea Leadsom has reassured farmers that they will continue to receive Government support after Britain leaves the EU. But Leads...


5 January 2017
Farming leaders raise concerns about backyard flocks during free range housing order

Environment Secretary Andrea Leadsom and NFU president Meurig Raymond have both spoken out about the potential avian influenza threat to the British p...


3 January 2017
H5N8 found in backyard flock in Wales

Highly pathogenic avian influenza has been confirmed in a backyard flock of chickens and ducks in Wales. Welsh authorities have confirmed that the ...


19 December 2016
Managing your flock during the housing order

At the time of writing the national free range flock has been housed as a response to the threat of Avian Influenza in mainland Europe. A housing...


17 December 2016
Poultry housing order welcomed by egg industry

Egg industry leaders have welcomed a decision to implement a housing order to protect the country from highly pathogenic avian influenza. The Gover...


7 December 2016
DEFRA issues 30 day housing order

The Government has imposed a housing order across England to try to protect poultry units from a strain of highly pathogenic avian influenza hitting E...


30 November 2016
Mac's Farm recognised with special award from BFREPA

The work of organic champion Susie Macmillan has been recognised with a special award from the British Free Range Egg Producers Association (BFREPA). ...


30 November 2016
Awards recognise commitment to free range

Yorkshire packing company Chippindale Foods has won a national free range award for an initiative to help the British bumblebee. The company receiv...


30 November 2016
Leading producers recognised at ‘Egg Oscars’

This year's egg Oscars were presented to the country's leading producers during a ceremony to celebrate the best of British free range. The annual ...


1 November 2016
Documents seized in stocking density crackdown

Government agencies have launched a crackdown on overstocking, seizing documents from pullet rearers during unannounced inspections and, the Ranger un...


21 October 2016
Supermarkets urged to clear up confusion on cage egg ban

The United Kingdom’s leading supermarket, Tesco, is planning for barn production to replace colony eggs when it goes cage-free, although most leading ...


18 October 2016
Freedom Food reconsider revisions as producers express concerns

A former chairman of the British Free Range Egg Producers Association (BFREPA) has said he will pull out of Freedom Food if it goes ahead with controv...


3 October 2016
Co-op launches new farming producer group

Free range producer Nigel Smith says he hopes to see better returns for his eggs by joining a new egg farming group established by the Co-op. Produ...


12 September 2016
McDonald’s research sheds light on impact and causes of smothering in hens

McDonald’s has unveiled the results of the second phase of its project examining the impact and causes of smothering in free range laying hens. The...


5 September 2016
Backlash grows against Freedom Food rule changes

The new standards are due to come into force next month, but a number of planned changes have angered free range producers, and egg industry leaders h...


17 August 2016
The stress of a false positive

The producer, who asked not to be named because of the stigma attached to salmonella - UK egg sales collapsed overnight in 1988 after the then Health ...


8 August 2016
Spent hen market restrictions imposed

Freedom Food – the assurance standard of the RSPCA – is from October 7 this year introducing amended standards, with which anyone selling their eggs u...


3 August 2016
No time to act as Freedom Food demand perching changes

The requirement for aerial perches, which were previously the subject of a political battle between Westminster and the European Union, is included in...


26 July 2016
Brexit already affecting free range egg producers, industry says

Brexit is already affecting free range egg producers, with the falling value of Sterling increasing the price of feed, says the British Free Range Egg...


26 July 2016
Morrisons becomes latest in string of retailers to go cage-free by 2025

Morrisons has today announced that it is to stop sourcing eggs from caged hens by 2025. A schoolgirl who petitioned Tesco to stop the sale of caged...


13 July 2016
Tesco to stop sourcing eggs from caged hens by 2025

Tesco has today announced that it is to stop sourcing eggs from caged hens by 2025. This comes after the retailer conducted a detailed review of it...


8 July 2016
Farming leaders weigh up Brexit implications

Egg industry leaders are weighing up the implications of the United Kingdom’s referendum decision to leave the European Union. Although the UK Gove...


20 June 2016
Multi-tier rearing units 'are better for the health and welfare of the birds'

Multi-tier rearing units are better for the health and welfare of the birds and produce more financially productive layers. This is according to th...


28 May 2016
Aldi join the growing list of UK retailers to commit to cage free eggs

Aldi UK has followed the discount chain’s Australian business by committing to sourcing only eggs from cage-free hens. The company’s Australian arm...


20 May 2016
Battle fought on more than one front: Eggs at centre stage in the war of retail

Eggs are increasingly finding themselves at the centre of a retail battle, and it is a battle that is being fought on more than one front. With Ger...


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