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12 September 2017
Farmers face bankruptcy as retailers seek fipronil damages

Dutch egg farmers are facing the threat of total ruin, with supermarkets demanding compensation from them for the fipronil scandal. Eric Hubers, ch...


10 August 2017
Poultry leaders call for backyard flock changes

Poultry industry leaders are calling for a change in the way small backyard flocks are dealt with during outbreaks of avian influenza. A total of 1...


10 August 2017
European Commission puts forward compromise after failing to get member states to agree proposal

Experts meeting in Brussels have failed to reach agreement on a solution to the 12-week rule in the event of further outbreaks of avian influenza, lea...


10 August 2017
Sainsbury's remove all egg based salad products from shelves as Netherlands egg scandal escalates

The supermarket group Sainsbury's is removing egg salads from sale because of fears that the eggs may have been contaminated with fipronil. The Uni...


4 August 2017
Millions of eggs withdrawn from sale in Europe over poison fear

Prosecutors have launched a criminal investigation after millions of eggs were either withdrawn from sale or blocked in Europe following chemical cont...


12 July 2017
Seminar reviews sustainability projects

BFREPA hosted a Sustainability Seminar at the Cotswold farm of Adam Henson, where two projects were discussed with free range egg producers, retailers...


12 July 2017
APHA responds to overstocking concerns

The Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) has responded to egg producers' concerns and questions about enforcement following a drive to crack down on ...


12 July 2017
Proposal for AI winter garden in danger of collapse

The egg industry's winter garden plan to overcome the 12-week rule in the event of another bird flu crisis may be in danger of collapse. Egg indust...


12 June 2017
ForFarmers says market confidence in UK ‘Challenging’

Feed company ForFarmers says that Brexit has caused uncertainty in the United agricultural industry, although this has not affected the egg sector. ...


12 June 2017
Market excesses may lead to ‘casualties’ says leading packer

Noble Foods trader Kevin Griffen has warned of casualties in the egg industry over the next year because supplies of free range eggs are outstripping ...


12 June 2017
Producer fury at Freedom food perching changes

Free range egg producers are overwhelmingly opposed to Freedom Food plans to insist on the introduction of aerial perches in flat deck units. More ...


17 May 2017
Cotswolds set to host first BFREPA Sustainability Seminar

A report on the implications of UK retailers' commitment to cage-free eggs will be unveiled next month at a seminar organised by the British Free Rang...


17 May 2017
BFREPA defends founding principle 'freedom from pain' in aerial perching dispute

Free range egg producers may quit a farm assurance scheme following its decision to press ahead with controversial plans to enforce the use of aerial ...


19 April 2017
Dirty water can cost egg producers 8 per cent in production

Dirty water lines could cost egg producers as much as seven or eight per cent in lost production and result in higher rates of bird mortality, accordi...


13 April 2017
The risk of H5N8 is not over yet!

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has lifted the remaining housing orders still in effect in parts of England. The housin...


10 April 2017
All poultry in England to be allowed outside this week as housing order is lifted

All poultry in England will be allowed outside from Thursday 13 April following the latest updated evidence on the risk posed by wild birds. The re...


6 April 2017
Nominate your free range egg heroes this Easter, says BFREPA

With Easter and eggs on the mind, the British Free Range Egg Producers Association is calling for nominations for the 2017 Free Range Egg Awards. R...


24 March 2017
Housing order causes surge in red mite

The housing order introduced to try to prevent the spread of avian influenza has resulted in a surge in the numbers of red mite in layer flocks. St...


14 March 2017
Organic egg sales strong in 2016

Sales of organic eggs held up well in 2016 and were able to maintain their value during a period when other eggs were being discounted by supermarkets...


14 March 2017
Egg prices down 12% year-on-year

Egg prices plummeted by 12 per cent year-on-year in the final quarter of 2016, according to statistics released by the Department for Environment, Foo...


14 March 2017
Government publishes HRA explanation

The Government has published an explanation of how it has determined higher risk avian influenza zones where producers will have to continue housing t...


14 March 2017
Scottish Cabinet secretary demands labelling changes

Scotland's Cabinet Secretary for the Rural Economy, Fergus Ewing, has criticised egg box labelling designed to explain to consumers why free range bir...


14 March 2017
Egg inspectors issue no tolerance warning for overstocking

Government inspectors have revealed that more than half of all egg production units checked so far for overstocking have been in breach of the rules. ...


8 March 2017
Retailers ditching caged egg increases interest in barn systems

Big Dutchman distributor Newquip says there has been increased interest in the company's barn systems since announcements by most big UK retailers tha...


24 February 2017
Bird flu found in small flock of chickens in Northumberland

The Government has confirmed H5N8 avian flu in a small flock of chickens at a farm near Haltwhistle, Northumberland. A 3km Protection Zone and a 10...


22 February 2017
Chief Vet Nigel Gibbens questions future of free range egg production in higher risk bird flu areas

(The full video including questions and answers will be uploaded shortly) The UK's Chief Vet Nigel Gibbens has said egg producers in some higher ri...


21 February 2017
Leadsom failing to give clarity to farmers on Brexit, Lib Dems say

The Liberal Democrats have said the Government is failing to provide farmers with the clarity they need on Brexit. Responding to Andrea Leadsom's s...


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