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Q&A: Guidance on avian flu with England's chief vet

As winter approaches migratory birds fly in, bringing the risk of avian flu in the UK. We ask the UK’s chief veterinary officer, Christine Middlemiss, about the disease and how…

POULTRY

Farmers Weekly Awards 2021: Poultry Farmer of the Year

Craig Michie, Barra Bronzes, Inverurie, Aberdeenshire A little bit of positivity can go a long way in the poultry sector, but when you possess it in spadefuls, the opportunities are…

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10 reasons for poultry carcass rejects and how to avoid them

Carcass rejects reflect directly on returns and indicate there could be a problem somewhere in the process, says British Poultry Council chief executive Richard Griffiths. It’s important to identify issues…

POULTRY

Visas for poultry and fuel workers ‘too little, too late’

Industry leaders have welcomed the government’s decision to grant 10,500 temporary visas to lorry drivers and poultry workers, but some have warned it is too little, too late to solve…

POULTRY

Poultry factory ‘bottlenecks’ leading to production cuts

Labour challenges this year are proving more disruptive than the initial shock of the coronavirus pandemic in 2020, a leading poultry producer has said. Patrick Hook, a director at PD…

POULTRY

Private bill launched to ban cages for laying hens

An attempt is being made by a Conservative animal welfare group to outlaw the use of enriched cages in egg production in the UK. Conservative Animal Welfare Foundation (CAWF) patron…

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ENVIRONMENT

Livestock farming links to climate change solution

British livestock production can contribute to global cooling and should form part of the solution to climate change, an environment summit has heard. The Countryside COP summit has been organised…

MEAT MARKETS AND PRICES

Carbon dioxide shortage sparks food supply-chain fears

Meat manufacturers have less than two weeks' supply of carbon dioxide in the system and failure to resolve this will likely lead to food shortages and more animals backed up…

POULTRY

Poultry industry slashes production as labour crisis worsens

The UK poultry sector has been forced to cut production levels by up to 20% amid worsening post-Brexit labour shortages. The British Poultry Council (BPC) said its members were typically…

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,…

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BROILERS

Q&A: Guidance on avian flu with England's chief vet

As winter approaches migratory birds fly in, bringing the risk of avian flu in the UK. We ask the UK’s chief veterinary officer, Christine Middlemiss, about the disease and how…

BROILERS

10 reasons for poultry carcass rejects and how to avoid them

Carcass rejects reflect directly on returns and indicate there could be a problem somewhere in the process, says British Poultry Council chief executive Richard Griffiths. It’s important to identify issues…

MEAT MARKETS AND PRICES

Carbon dioxide shortage sparks food supply-chain fears

Meat manufacturers have less than two weeks' supply of carbon dioxide in the system and failure to resolve this will likely lead to food shortages and more animals backed up…

BROILERS

How a farmer reversed losses by improving chick start

A switch to strategic veterinary care has helped a poultry producer recover from two disastrous crops and save thousands of pounds a year. Broiler producer Henry Dent farms 270,000 birds…

BROILERS

Poultry farmer out of pocket after healthy birds incinerated

A poultry farmer has questioned the training offered to vets carrying out Food Standards Agency (FSA) checks in abattoirs, after she was left £1,800 out of pocket when a pre-slaughter…

BROILERS

What M&S move to slow-growing poultry means for farmers

Capitalising on the growing consumer awareness of ethically reared meat, M&S has announced plans to be the first major UK retailer to sell only slower reared fresh chicken. The move…

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POULTRY

How poultry farmer minimised floor eggs to 0.5% at peak lay

One Worcestershire free-range egg business has reduced the incidence of floor eggs at peak production to just 0.5%. The Watts family run three 16,000-bird houses near Worcester, and have a…

BROILERS

Q&A: Guidance on avian flu with England's chief vet

As winter approaches migratory birds fly in, bringing the risk of avian flu in the UK. We ask the UK’s chief veterinary officer, Christine Middlemiss, about the disease and how…

POULTRY

Private bill launched to ban cages for laying hens

An attempt is being made by a Conservative animal welfare group to outlaw the use of enriched cages in egg production in the UK. Conservative Animal Welfare Foundation (CAWF) patron…

LAYERS

7 tips for new entrants from a first-time poultry tenant

At 18, Tim Clarke set a target to one day farm in his own right – an ambitious goal for someone with no background in farming and no assets to…

LAYERS

Benefits of smart sensors for layer flock health

Ammonia levels have been cut by 75% and antibiotics use reduced to zero after a high-tech sensor system was installed at Wern Farm in Powys. Damp air affecting litter quality…

FEED AND NUTRITION

A poultry farmer's guide to using mycotoxin binders in feed

Fungi produce toxic substances, known as mycotoxins, as a form of defence against the environment. The development of mycotoxins is subject to specific environmental factors, such as warm temperatures, high…

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BROILERS

Q&A: Guidance on avian flu with England's chief vet

As winter approaches migratory birds fly in, bringing the risk of avian flu in the UK. We ask the UK’s chief veterinary officer, Christine Middlemiss, about the disease and how…

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…