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24 February 2017
AI UPDATE 11th November 2017

11 November 2016 Dear All   The HPAI situation has deteriorated markedly in continental Europe over the last few days and Defra has increased th...


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...


21 February 2017
Leadsom fails to offer compensation for free range producers forced to house birds due to avian flu

Environment Secretary Andrea Leadsom failed to commit to compensation for free range egg producers forced to continue housing their birds against bird...


20 February 2017
Marks and Spencer gives financial commitment to free range egg producers in 'high risk' zones

Marks and Spencer has pledged to support free range egg producers who are forced to continue housing their birds after the end of February. The ret...


13 February 2017
Bird flu confirmed in Suffolk broiler unit which houses 23,000 birds

The Government has confirmed a case of H5N8 avian flu at a premises near Redgrave, Suffolk. The UK’s Deputy Chief Veterinary Officer has today (13 ...


9 February 2017
POSTCODE LOTTERY: Neighbours find themselves on opposite sides of the Government's new English free range divide

Farming neighbours Dave White and Daniel Brown will soon find themselves on opposite sides of a new free range divide following the Government's decis...


8 February 2017
Defra to lift housing order in low risk areas

The Government has agreed to act to avoid a crisis in the free range egg industry by lifting the housing order imposed to protect against avian influe...


8 February 2017
Authority concerned about increase in AI cases

Leaders of the OIE - the international body responsible for animal health - said they were concerned about a spike in avian influenza cases, after the...


8 February 2017
Calls to ban producers selling end of lay hens to backyard keepers

Concern is growing about the potential threat to the poultry industry from backyard flocks, following confirmation of two outbreaks in small flocks. ...


8 February 2017
AI cases continue to rise

The number of outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza in the United Kingdom had increased to at least seven at the time that the Ranger went to...


8 February 2017
Housing order change eases one crisis and creates another

The Government avoids a crisis and creates another in the free range egg industry by lifting the nationwide housing order - for some. Ministers had...


25 January 2017
Bird flu confirmed in flock of farmed pheasants in Lancashire

The Government has confirmed H5N8 avian flu in a flock of farmed pheasants at a premises in Preston, Lancashire. The UK’s Chief Veterinary Officer ...


23 January 2017
Dutch and Belgium representatives press for clarity on extension of housing order

European Union leaders are being asked to take action to prevent free range egg producers from losing their free range status if they are forced to co...


12 January 2017
Big spike in bird flu cases raises concerns at World Organisation for Animal Health

The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) has expressed concern about a big spike in highly pathogenic avian influenza in Europe. The number o...


6 January 2017
Bird flu confirmed in backyard flock in North Yorkshire

The Government has confirmed H5N8 avian flu in a small backyard flock near Settle in North Yorkshire. A 3km Protection Zone and a 10km Surveillance...


5 January 2017
OFC17: Leadsom under fire for failing to guarantee same level of farming support beyond 2020

Defra's Secretary Andrea Leadsom has reassured farmers that they will continue to receive Government support after Britain leaves the EU. But Leads...


5 January 2017
Farming leaders raise concerns about backyard flocks during free range housing order

Environment Secretary Andrea Leadsom and NFU president Meurig Raymond have both spoken out about the potential avian influenza threat to the British p...


3 January 2017
H5N8 found in backyard flock in Wales

Highly pathogenic avian influenza has been confirmed in a backyard flock of chickens and ducks in Wales. Welsh authorities have confirmed that the ...


19 December 2016
Managing your flock during the housing order

At the time of writing the national free range flock has been housed as a response to the threat of Avian Influenza in mainland Europe. A housing...


17 December 2016
Poultry housing order welcomed by egg industry

Egg industry leaders have welcomed a decision to implement a housing order to protect the country from highly pathogenic avian influenza. The Gover...


7 December 2016
DEFRA issues 30 day housing order

The Government has imposed a housing order across England to try to protect poultry units from a strain of highly pathogenic avian influenza hitting E...


30 November 2016
Mac's Farm recognised with special award from BFREPA

The work of organic champion Susie Macmillan has been recognised with a special award from the British Free Range Egg Producers Association (BFREPA). ...


30 November 2016
Awards recognise commitment to free range

Yorkshire packing company Chippindale Foods has won a national free range award for an initiative to help the British bumblebee. The company receiv...


30 November 2016
Leading producers recognised at ‘Egg Oscars’

This year's egg Oscars were presented to the country's leading producers during a ceremony to celebrate the best of British free range. The annual ...


1 November 2016
Documents seized in stocking density crackdown

Government agencies have launched a crackdown on overstocking, seizing documents from pullet rearers during unannounced inspections and, the Ranger un...


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