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How on-farm hatching can improve flock health and cut costs

On-farm hatching is delivering better broiler performance while improving welfare and cutting carbon emissions for one Hertfordshire producer. Tom Wornham’s family farm almost 200,000 birds for one of the UK’s…

BROILERS

Can slower-grown breeds work in the UK poultry market?

For decades the poultry industry has striven to improve efficiencies, driven by consumer demand for lower prices. Fast-growing chickens with high feed intakes have been required – but that is…

HEALTH AND WELFARE

Why a tailored approach is key to good feather cover in layers

A major study has concluded there is no one-size-fits-all solution to feather pecking in flocks, and farmers should test a range of measures to assess which help control the problem. …

POULTRY

How the new poultry standards proposals will affect farmers

Earlier this year, two consultations on farm assurance standards for the UK poultry sector came to a close. Red Tractor and Defra propose changes that will help keep standards up…

POULTRY

What Lion Training Passport scheme means for poultry staff

Until recently, it has been possible for farms to diversify into free-range egg production as long as the required land area was available. This opportunity has seen a rapid growth…

POULTRY

4 pitfalls to avoid when upgrading poultry shed windows

Since 1 October 2020, all buildings that house poultry have had to fit windows to meet Red Tractor standards.  For many farmers, this means retrofitting units in order to comply.…

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POULTRY

Poultry farmers urged to step up biosecurity after outbreak

Poultry farmers and backyard keepers are being urged to step up biosecurity measures following an outbreak of a virulent disease in flocks in Northern Ireland. The NI Department of Agriculture,…

POULTRY

Avian flu housing order to be lifted in Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland’s free-range poultry producers will be able to let their birds go outside again from midnight on Tuesday 13 April, agriculture minister Edwin Poots has confirmed. The housing measures…

POULTRY

Avian flu: Poultry housing order set to be lifted

The compulsory housing order currently in place for poultry and captive birds is set to be lifted at the end of this month. In a joint statement, the chief veterinary…

HOUSING AND HANDLING

Meat and farming bodies slam Defra’s animal transport plans

Farming and meat trade organisations have expressed their dismay at government plans to tighten live animal transport rules and ban live exports other than for breeding purposes. Responding to a…

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POULTRY

How on-farm hatching can improve flock health and cut costs

On-farm hatching is delivering better broiler performance while improving welfare and cutting carbon emissions for one Hertfordshire producer. Tom Wornham’s family farm almost 200,000 birds for one of the UK’s…

BROILERS

Can slower-grown breeds work in the UK poultry market?

For decades the poultry industry has striven to improve efficiencies, driven by consumer demand for lower prices. Fast-growing chickens with high feed intakes have been required – but that is…

ENVIRONMENT

How poultry assurance scheme can slash permit costs

Poultry farms with more than 40,000 bird places could save £940/year on Environment Agency (EA) charges by signing up to a new assurance scheme. Farms with units of this size…

POULTRY

How the new poultry standards proposals will affect farmers

Earlier this year, two consultations on farm assurance standards for the UK poultry sector came to a close. Red Tractor and Defra propose changes that will help keep standards up…

POULTRY

4 pitfalls to avoid when upgrading poultry shed windows

Since 1 October 2020, all buildings that house poultry have had to fit windows to meet Red Tractor standards.  For many farmers, this means retrofitting units in order to comply.…

POULTRY

How to manage staff exposure to poultry dust

Respiratory disease is a major health risk for UK poultry farmworkers, with incidence of occupational asthma double the national average. Staff are exposed to many different airborne particles that are…

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An egg producer's guide to becoming carbon neutral

Feed has been identified as the major source of carbon emissions in poultry layer flocks in an in-depth study carried out by consultancy firm Promar International and the British Free…

POULTRY

How on-farm hatching can improve flock health and cut costs

On-farm hatching is delivering better broiler performance while improving welfare and cutting carbon emissions for one Hertfordshire producer. Tom Wornham’s family farm almost 200,000 birds for one of the UK’s…

HEALTH AND WELFARE

Why a tailored approach is key to good feather cover in layers

A major study has concluded there is no one-size-fits-all solution to feather pecking in flocks, and farmers should test a range of measures to assess which help control the problem. …

ENVIRONMENT

How poultry assurance scheme can slash permit costs

Poultry farms with more than 40,000 bird places could save £940/year on Environment Agency (EA) charges by signing up to a new assurance scheme. Farms with units of this size…

POULTRY

How the new poultry standards proposals will affect farmers

Earlier this year, two consultations on farm assurance standards for the UK poultry sector came to a close. Red Tractor and Defra propose changes that will help keep standards up…

POULTRY

What Lion Training Passport scheme means for poultry staff

Until recently, it has been possible for farms to diversify into free-range egg production as long as the required land area was available. This opportunity has seen a rapid growth…

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POULTRY

How to manage staff exposure to poultry dust

Respiratory disease is a major health risk for UK poultry farmworkers, with incidence of occupational asthma double the national average. Staff are exposed to many different airborne particles that are…

POULTRY

What to consider when diversifying into pheasant rearing

Gamebird rearing can provide a good secondary income for farmers looking to maximise the value of farmland. Pheasant and partridge can be produced on a small acreage and, as it…

POULTRY

Cull of 8,000 ducks after avian flu outbreak at Norfolk farm

About 8,000 ducks are being culled following an avian flu outbreak at a farm run by the UK’s largest supplier of ducks to supermarkets. The highly pathogenic H5N8 strain of…

Leg health better in native-breed turkeys, research finds

Native-breed turkeys have shown better leg health and meat tenderness in a comparison with commercial birds, new research has found. Eight native-breed turkeys – Norfolk Black and Slate breeds –…

OTHER POULTRY

Fears grow that large turkeys could be wasted this Christmas

A surge in demand for smaller turkeys this Christmas has prompted calls from producers for consumers to buy a large bird to avoid them going to waste. Coronavirus restrictions mean…

POULTRY

Avian flu: Cull of 10,500 turkeys after Yorkshire outbreak

Highly pathogenic avian influenza has been confirmed at a turkey-fattening site in North Yorkshire and all 10,500 birds will be culled. The H5N8 bird flu strain was confirmed at the…