18 July 2018 | Online since 2003

Since July 2016, when the RSPCA first launched their proposed revisions to their laying hen standards, I have worked hard to make sure that the Farm Animals Department understood and took heed of members’ views of the new standards. In particular I have stressed the difficulties that many producers faced retro-fitting aerial perches into single tier houses.


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The good news on eggs keeps coming, from the benefits of protein in eggs, to studies suggesting that eggs are linked to a reduced risk of a stroke.


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July wheat futures are currently trading at about £117/T, but with on a few lots trading, this contract is all but useless because the contract is illiquid and bears no relation to physical wheat.


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It is not yet clear if the recent slump in the inter-packer trading price of free range is as a result of the exceptional warm weather combined with the usual seasonal excesses, or if something more long term is responsible.


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