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HEALTH AND WELFARE

Avian influenza: One farm's robust plans to combat the threat

Chief among the threats to any poultry business in the UK is the incursion of avian influenza (AI). It is possible to reduce the risk of it finding its way…

HEALTH AND WELFARE

A poultry producer's guide to red mite control

Red mite are a pervasive threat to almost all poultry units; they can hinder production, harbour disease and even kill birds if they get out of control. If your poultry…

POULTRY

How a layer unit expanded rapidly with focus on welfare

A Devon poultry farm has grown from 6,000 bird places to 22,000 in just eight months, and hopes its new modern unit will improve egg numbers and bird health. Clayewater…

POULTRY

Low pathogenic bird flu hits broiler breeder unit in Suffolk

Commercial poultry keepers and farmers with small flocks of chickens have been urged to step up their watchfulness and biosecurity following an outbreak of low pathogenic avian influenza in Suffolk.…

HOUSING AND HANDLING

5 bits of kit every poultry farmer should own

If there’s one thing that sorts the best poultry producers from the average, it’s understanding the environment of individual sheds. This is best done by measuring every parameter possible -…

BROILERS

Advice for poultry farmers considering a shed refurbishment

It is possible to get top performances from older poultry sheds – but certainly more difficult - and the reality is many broiler farms in the UK are past their…

Poultry news

FARM POLICY

Defra secretary makes pledge on chlorinated chicken

Defra secretary Theresa Villiers has pledged that no chlorine-washed chicken or hormone-treated beef will be allowed into the UK under any trade deal with the US. Ms Villiers made the…

POULTRY

Vets probe suspected bird flu case in NI poultry flock

Authorities are investigating a suspected case of a notifiable avian disease on a poultry farm in Northern Ireland. A private vet became concerned about increased mortality among birds in a…

POULTRY

Bird flu outbreak hits turkey farms in Poland

An outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza has been reported in turkeys in Poland. The Polish authorities said the virus was detected in turkey flocks in eastern areas of the…

CRIME

Turkey theft sets alarm bells ringing in run-up to Christmas

Traditional turkey growers are being urged to stay alert as the holiday season approaches, following the theft of several large birds from a farm in Devon. John Smye of Broadclyst…

Broilers

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HEALTH AND WELFARE

Avian influenza: One farm's robust plans to combat the threat

Chief among the threats to any poultry business in the UK is the incursion of avian influenza (AI). It is possible to reduce the risk of it finding its way…

FARM POLICY

Defra secretary makes pledge on chlorinated chicken

Defra secretary Theresa Villiers has pledged that no chlorine-washed chicken or hormone-treated beef will be allowed into the UK under any trade deal with the US. Ms Villiers made the…

POULTRY

Low pathogenic bird flu hits broiler breeder unit in Suffolk

Commercial poultry keepers and farmers with small flocks of chickens have been urged to step up their watchfulness and biosecurity following an outbreak of low pathogenic avian influenza in Suffolk.…

HOUSING AND HANDLING

5 bits of kit every poultry farmer should own

If there’s one thing that sorts the best poultry producers from the average, it’s understanding the environment of individual sheds. This is best done by measuring every parameter possible -…

BROILERS

Advice for poultry farmers considering a shed refurbishment

It is possible to get top performances from older poultry sheds – but certainly more difficult - and the reality is many broiler farms in the UK are past their…

BROILERS

Broiler production technology trends to watch out for

Poultry farmers have long embraced technology to improve bird monitoring and precision management – and there are always innovations in the pipeline. We review the areas in which new technology…

Layers

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HEALTH AND WELFARE

Avian influenza: One farm's robust plans to combat the threat

Chief among the threats to any poultry business in the UK is the incursion of avian influenza (AI). It is possible to reduce the risk of it finding its way…

HEALTH AND WELFARE

A poultry producer's guide to red mite control

Red mite are a pervasive threat to almost all poultry units; they can hinder production, harbour disease and even kill birds if they get out of control. If your poultry…

POULTRY

How a layer unit expanded rapidly with focus on welfare

A Devon poultry farm has grown from 6,000 bird places to 22,000 in just eight months, and hopes its new modern unit will improve egg numbers and bird health. Clayewater…

HOUSING AND HANDLING

5 bits of kit every poultry farmer should own

If there’s one thing that sorts the best poultry producers from the average, it’s understanding the environment of individual sheds. This is best done by measuring every parameter possible -…

BROILERS

New technologies key to keep poultry businesses profitable

Pressure on margins throughout the poultry supply chain will exacerbate the need for continued innovation and efficiency gains, according to David Neilson, Avara Foods breeding and hatcheries manager. The recent…

Other poultry

CRIME

Turkey theft sets alarm bells ringing in run-up to Christmas

Traditional turkey growers are being urged to stay alert as the holiday season approaches, following the theft of several large birds from a farm in Devon. John Smye of Broadclyst…

POULTRY

Biggest poultry research centre in Europe opens in Scotland

Scotland is pushing ahead with its aim to become a global leader in agri-research, with the opening this week of a new £5.6m poultry research centre on the outskirts of…

OTHER POULTRY

What UK farmers can learn from German turkey beak trim ban

The laying hen sector in the UK is working hard to determine exactly how farmers might manage without beak treatments. But in Germany a ban has been extended to turkeys…

OTHER POULTRY

Advice to help turkey producers win back sales

Every three years, Kelly Turkeys throws open the doors to its Essex headquarters and welcomes some of the 800-900 small farmers who rear its breeds for Christmas. This year, there…

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MEAT MARKETS AND PRICES

Outlook 2020: Welfare and price issues split poultry sector

It has been a turbulent time for the poultry sector, with supply and demand out of balance, the looming possibility of tariffs post Brexit, and mounting pressure to reduce emissions.…

DIVERSIFICATION

Free-range poultry growth offers diversification opportunity

One of the UK’s largest free-range chicken producers is looking for arable farmers to invest up to £1m and diversify into contract poultrymeat production. Traditional Norfolk Poultry (TNP) already operates…

BUSINESS

Business clinic: What tax relief can be claimed for new poultry ...

Farmers Weekly's Business Clinic experts offer free advice on legal, finance, tax, insurance, farm management and land issues. Here, accountant Peter Griffiths of Hazlewoods advises on claims for capital expenditure…

Poultry producers struggle to get planning permission

Securing planning permission for new poultry sheds is an increasing challenge, with objectors becoming more sophisticated and planning committees more hard-nosed. Would-be applicants, be they broiler growers, turkey farmers, pullet…

Turning chicken litter into renewable energy

Poultry World talks to two farmers pioneering litter burning to generate energy to heat their chicken sheds. Although legislation is playing catchup here in the UK, they hope to one…

Solar and biomass - a rewarding mix for broiler grower

The same money for less work is how broiler producer Nigel Bell views his renewable energy enterprises at Savage Cat Farm in Dorset. Mr Bell, who grows 200,000 standard birds…

AD uses on-farm sources of maize silage and chicken litter

A desire to improve her environmental footprint, coupled with an opportunity to boost income, were the drivers that persuaded Sue Shakesheff to install an anaerobic digester at Great Ynys Farm…

AD and poultry – a perfect match

There is no industry better placed than poultry to make the most of government incentives for anaerobic digestion (AD) due to the availability of feedstocks, together with the heat and…

Integrated system offers energy savings

A North Yorkshire poultry farming family has made financial savings and increased the predictability of future input costs, by moving from oil heating to a biomass wood boiler which relies…

Miscanthus – a viable alternative to woodchip

Lower heating costs and a dependable fuel source are two of the benefits on offer to farmers who opt for miscanthus as a means of firing their biomass boilers. According…

Making the most of biogas

Of all the forms of renewable energy, anaerobic digestion probably presents the greatest challenge for poultry farmers. The high nitrogen content of chicken litter means it can only be added…

Poultry farmers switch on to green energy

Poultry units are ideally suited to a range of green energy technologies. Poultry World editor Philip Clarke reports from two farms which have invested in renewables. Two of the country's…