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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...


13 March 2015
Fancy a drink?

Commercial breeds of poultry, in common with most poultry vets and many poultry keepers, like a drink! Adult laying hens in full production drink o...


11 March 2015
Marks and Spencer market double yolker packs

Marks & Spencer is marketing boxes of guaranteed double yolk eggs as part of a high value offer to its customers. The retail giant put its British ...


9 March 2015
Discussions needed as AI warnings fall short

An outbreak of avian influenza in Hampshire in February was identified using a trial ‘test for exclusion’ system that is due to be reviewed next month...


9 March 2015
Flight to fright - MOD compensation pays out

The Ministry of Defence paid out more than £20,000 in compensation to British egg producers last year for losses caused by low flying. Payments to ...


9 March 2015
BFREPA isotope testing protects members interests

The British Free Range Egg Producers’ Association (BFREPA) has begun a programme of egg testing using a new isotope fingerprinting technique. BFREP...


9 March 2015
Is free range heading for the perfect storm?

The January edition of The Ranger was full of market analysis and predications for the coming year. The volume of free range egg production increased ...


16 February 2015
Bill Broody - February 2015

Supermarket relationships with suppliers are under the spotlight again with the news that the Grocery Trade adjudicator under the leadership of Christ...


16 February 2015
Feed Mill - February 2015

The January USDA report came and went, almost without a squeak. The funds had been betting that the USDA would reduce the maize and soya acreage in li...


16 February 2015
Exploring the benefits of multi-tier pullet rearing

Multi-tier aviary laying systems have become increasingly popular over the last few years with several types being adopted within the barn and free-ra...


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