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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...


16 May 2016
New study shows animal welfare initiatives improves feather cover of cage-free laying hens

Recognised welfare outcome assessments within farm assurance schemes have shown a reduction in feather loss and improvement in the welfare of UK cage-...


13 May 2016
Former NFU President vs UKIP MEP: Brexit debate fires up farmers at Pig & Poultry Fair

The forthcoming referendum on the United Kingdom’s membership of the European Union was the subject of intense argument at this year’s Pig and Poultry...


4 May 2016
Italy confirms case of H7N7 High Pathogenic avian influenza in laying birds

Highly pathogenic avian influenza has been confirmed in a commercial layer flock in northern Italy. A total of 17,000 birds have been lost in t out...


18 April 2016
Avian Influenza rule changes could take years to agree

Defra scientists are looking into the possibility of changing the way in which they deal with secondary cleansing and disinfection following bird flu ...


15 April 2016
Difficult year predicted for egg producers despite optimism for egg consumption

Lion Eggs chief Andrew Joret fears the next year could be a difficult one for egg producers, although he is optimistic about continued growth in consu...


8 April 2016
Multi-tier pullet rearing to be assessed for welfare standard

RSPCA laying hen specialist Mia Fernyhough says she is “cautiously positive” about aviary multi-tier pullet rearing systems, but says it is still too ...


16 March 2016
Concern over Government plans to cut antibiotic use

The body representing animal medicines manufacturers says that some recommendations in a Government commissioned report into tackling the threat of an...


8 March 2016
Tesco committed to free range egg multi-tier systems

Tesco agricultural manager John Kirkpatrick has urged free range egg producers not to fight amongst themselves over methods of production. His appe...


26 February 2016
Government to spend more on defending against diseases

Defra Secretary Elizabeth Truss says the Government is putting more money into defending against diseases like avian influenza. At the annual NFU c...


25 February 2016
EU Referendum proves to be focal point at NFU Conference

Defra Secretary Elizabeth Truss launched into the referendum debate at the annual conference of the National Farmers Union (NFU) when she said it was ...


22 February 2016
BEIC reject levy proposal

Egg industry leaders have abandoned an attempt to create a levy scheme to cover the cost of cleaning up following outbreaks of bird flu. Representa...


19 February 2016
Dragons’ Den hopeful looks for other colour coded cracking egg contracts

Rob Shaw was unable to persuade the entrepreneurs on BBC’s Dragons’ Den to invest in his colour coated hard boiled eggs, but he has already clinched o...


18 February 2016
Are backyard flocks an AI threat?

As the Ranger reported last month there have been have been a series of AI outbreaks in France recently. A total of 69 outbreaks have occurred in the ...


17 February 2016
Agricultural director Tom Willings leaves Noble Foods

Noble Foods’ agricultural director Tom Willings has confirmed that he is leaving the company. Tom, who has been director of agriculture with Noble,...


15 January 2016
Poultry industry concerned at UK bird flu clean-up costs and procedures

An American vet has told British producers of a cheaper and quicker way to deal with secondary cleansing and disinfection following avian influenza. ...


13 January 2016
PREVIEW 2016: ‘Eggs are back in fashion’ says BEIC chairman

Andrew Joret, chairman of the British Egg Industry Council (BEIC), says the egg industry has every reason to be positive in the year ahead. Despite...


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