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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...


13 January 2016
PREVIEW 2016: Organic has reason to be optimistic for the year ahead

Both the Soil Association and Organic Farmers & Growers (OFG) say the organic egg sector has reason to be optimistic in the year ahead, although both ...


13 January 2016
PREVIEW 2016: Rearers and breeders strive to improve bird performance and management

Pullet rearers are continuing to work on producing birds that are easier to manage, says Steve Carlyle of Country Fresh Pullets. The Government rec...


13 January 2016
PREVIEW 2016: Free range growth set to continue in Scotland

Producers and packers in Scotland are reporting the same huge demand for free range eggs north of the border as traders are reporting south of the bor...


13 January 2016
PREVIEW 2016: Discounting, market growth and caution dominate packers new year message

Producer and packer L J Fairburn & Son expects demand for free range eggs to continue growing over the next 12 months. The Lincolnshire-based compa...


13 January 2016
PREVIEW 2016: Free range growth in processing set to continue during 2016

The managing director of one of Britain’s leading egg processing companies says he expects to see a continued switch from cage to free range eggs in t...


13 January 2016
PREVIEW 2016: Organic supplies continue to challenge feed mills

Plentiful supplies of cereals should mean good news on feed prices in the year ahead for free range egg producers. But the next 12 months could be cha...


13 January 2016
PREVIEW 2016: Monkey see, monkey do!

Concerns continue to grow that the free range egg market could slip into oversupply, but egg traders think it will be some time before supplies outstr...


11 January 2016
AI detected on Dunfermline broiler breeder unit

Vets dealing with an outbreak of avian influenza on a Scottish poultry farm say that the virus has been identified as a mild strain of H5N1. Restri...


7 January 2016
Compassion in World Farming criticises beak trim report

The animal welfare group Compassion in World Farming (CIWF) has told The Ranger that a failure to address the issue of beak trimming could damage the ...


18 December 2015
Insurance and levy set to protect poultry industry

An industry-wide levy to cover clean-up costs and more extensive housing orders for free range birds were two of the priorities outlined to the Ranger...


17 December 2015
£125 of free secondary cleansing and disinfection cover for members

The British Free Range Egg Producers Association (BFREPA) has struck a ground-breaking deal to provide its members with avian influenza insurance. ...


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