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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...


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...


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