In a period of economic uncertainty, East Yorkshire co-operative, EggSell is helping more producers to diversify and make the most of what is available to them.

And Richard Hudson who runs Green Farm at Barton-Le-Willows, near York is the latest producer to branch out and join the EggSell project.

Until recently, he ran an organic farm in Howsham. However, he saw opportunities in free range egg production and invested in a shed to house 4,000 free range hens.

Mr Hudson said: “Eggsell made it easy to move into hen farming, the risk to Green Farm was virtually non-existent and I could only see the move being beneficial to us. I had lots of personal contact with them and they were there whenever I needed them, they really helped things along.”

Stewart Elliot from Eggsell said: “We are very happy to be able to welcome Mr Hudson to EggSell. What this shows is that in a difficult and unsure time economically, producers still have options open to them.

Diversification is one way that producers can make the most of what is available to them. We are always looking for new members and can offer guidance and support to anyone who wants to get involved.”