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9 October 2015
Politicians urged to do more to tackle rural crime

Politicians have been called on to do more to tackle rural crime after a national survey revealed a huge increase in the cost of crime in the countrys...


30 September 2015
Huge investment and expansion confirms Fairburn’s commitment to free range producers

Fast growing egg producer and packer L J Fairburn & Son is continuing to press ahead with huge investment, expansion and modernisation. Nearly 130,...


20 September 2015
Spent hen market collapses as AI outbreak blocks exports

The spent hen market has collapsed in the wake of the bird flu outbreak, with dealers struggling to find customers for meat that is piling up in cold ...


17 September 2015
Insurance companies increase their cover for AI clean-up

Insurance companies Scrutton Bland and Thompson and Richardon have increased the cover on their avian influenza insurance because of the high clean-up...


14 September 2015
Welsh grant scheme opens for free range egg producers

Millions of pounds of new grant aid is being made available to farmers for new free range egg production in Wales under a scheme jointly funded by the...


19 August 2015
UK initiative to co-ordinate worldwide research into avian diseases

Tackling bird flu will be one of the priorities of a new UK-led initiative to co-ordinate worldwide research into avian diseases. Britain’s Pirbrig...


14 August 2015
Freedom Food products doubled in 2014

The number of products carrying the Freedom Food label nearly doubled last year. Figures provided in the organisation’s annual report reveal that 1,8...


7 August 2015
Clean-up costs for avian influenza outbreak estimated to top £1m

Clean-up costs could run to as much as £10 per bird for egg producers whose layer units are hit by avian influenza. An outbreak of bird flu at Stav...


16 July 2015
'Test for exclusion' scheme to identify AI set to be continued

Hopes have been raised that the trial ‘test for exclusion’ scheme introduced to identify avian influenza could become permanent. The trial was due ...


13 July 2015
Avian Influenza case confirmed as H7N7

Scientists have now confirmed that avian influenza is involved in a disease outbreak on an egg production unit in Lancashire. The chief vet, Nigel ...


10 July 2015
AI suspected on Lancashire farm

Nearly 200,000 laying birds are to be culled following a suspected outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza in Lancashire. Chief veterinary o...


18 June 2015
Tracker contract oversubscribed!

Noble Foods says it has had a huge response from free range egg producers to its new feed tracker contract. The company – the United Kingdom’s bigg...


15 June 2015
Cleaning down after Avian Influenza

If a notifiable strain of Avian Influenza (AI) is confirmed, DEFRA will take action on the infected premises to reduce the risk of the disease spreadi...


18 May 2015
Success! - It’s all about the rearing?

Pullet rearers are an essential part of the free range egg industry and one whom producers put a lot of trust in. Starting with a healthy, quality pul...


13 May 2015
Shropshire solar installation 700kW - a farmer's story

Martin Davies has lived on his farm nestled in the Shropshire hills all his life and during that time he remembers his father farming the land almost ...


27 April 2015
9 out of 10 eggs outside the EU are still produced in cages

More than 90 per cent of all eggs outside the European Union are still produced in cages – mainly conventional cages - according to research conducted...


19 April 2015
Four million chicks and counting!

Tom Barron says its sales of Novogen chicks have hit the four million a year mark just three years after starting from scratch with a new bird. Dou...


17 April 2015
Concern over AI resources

A scientific advisory body looking into the bird flu outbreak in Yorkshire in November has raised doubts about the ability of the British authorities ...


12 April 2015
Soil Association confirms increase in organic sales

Sales of organic eggs were up by nearly 16 per cent in 2014, according to the latest market report produced by the Soil Association. Figures releas...


10 April 2015
Organic producers welcome resurgence

John Retson, a former chairman of the British Free Range Egg Producers’ Association (BFREPA), has welcomed figures showing a resurgence in the organic...


7 April 2015
Beak Tipping - The right (and only) decision please!

As long ago as in 2000, worries about the thought that flocks of hens may have to have untrimmed beaks had already emerged. As a result of this, an en...


1 April 2015
Tesco offer feed tracker contracts to egg producers

Noble Foods is launching a new tracker contract that will insure egg producers against volatile movements in feed costs. The new contract is the re...


31 March 2015
Scottish Government - Beak trim ban 'Unrealistic'

Poultry experts within the Scottish Government feel it is unlikely that the ban on beak trimming will go ahead next year. The Government is this ye...


24 March 2015
Egg consumption on the up

The increasing popularity of eggs for dieters has been one of the key drivers for recent growth in egg consumption, according to British Lion eggs. Co...


20 March 2015
Defra: banks must work collaboratively with farmers for long term success

UK food and farming has huge potential to be more competitive on a global scale. But that can only happen with strong collaboration between the banks,...


16 March 2015
Beware Inheritance Tax risk on solar developments

Farmers with solar panels on their land should consider taking out life insurance to cover the potential Inheritance Tax liability, a leading farm acc...


16 March 2015
Option agreements can yield benefits for farmers

Andrew Holden, head of Rural at Napthens solicitors in Penrith, has reported an increase over the last three years in the number of developers approac...


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