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LAYERS

A guide on how to improve water quality on poultry units

Issues with water quality that are left unaddressed can have long-term negative effects on a flock, both in terms of bird welfare and the economic impact of disease and poor…

POULTRY

Anger after charity blames poultry farmers for river pollution

Farm leaders in Wales have spoken of their anger and frustration after an environmental charity claimed poultry farmers were harming rivers. NFU Cymru has contacted the Wye and Usk Foundation…

POULTRY

Advice on getting gut health right in young seasonal birds

Gut health and growth performance in seasonal birds can be a challenge from the outset, so careful management of the young flock is key to ensure it achieves its potential.…

POULTRY

Waitrose takes stance against chlorinated chicken

Chlorinated chicken and hormone-fed beef will never be sold at any Waitrose supermarkets in the event of a trade deal with the US, its new chief executive has pledged. Writing…

BROILERS

2 Sisters closes Welsh poultry plant due to coronavirus cluster

Poultry processors 2 Sisters Food Group has suspended production at its Llangefni plant in Anglesey, North Wales, following confirmation of a cluster of coronavirus cases in workers linked to the…

POULTRY

Government plans 'dual-tariff' system for US chicken imports

Boris Johnson’s government is ready to allow imports of US foods produced to lower welfare standards under a strict tariff regime to protect British farmers, according to reports. Ministers are…

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FARM POLICY

US farm antibiotics use 'five times higher' than in UK

US livestock receive dosage levels of antibiotics more than five times higher than those used on UK farms, new research shows. Figures published in a report (PDF) by the campaign…

MARKETS AND TRENDS

Egg prices rise following surge in retail demand

Farmgate egg prices rose by 9% during the first three months of 2020, with further rises feeding through during April in response to a significant surge in retail demand during…

POULTRY

Scottish bird flu case prompts biosecurity warning

NFU Scotland has urged poultry farmers to be vigilant with biosecurity after a case of avian influenza was confirmed last week. The union said the case, in a free-range laying…

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…

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LAYERS

A guide on how to improve water quality on poultry units

Issues with water quality that are left unaddressed can have long-term negative effects on a flock, both in terms of bird welfare and the economic impact of disease and poor…

BROILERS

2 Sisters closes Welsh poultry plant due to coronavirus cluster

Poultry processors 2 Sisters Food Group has suspended production at its Llangefni plant in Anglesey, North Wales, following confirmation of a cluster of coronavirus cases in workers linked to the…

BROILERS

Why camera technology could transform broiler management

Farming systems where thousands of animals are together have to primarily rely on the skill of a stockperson’s eye while walking through sheds. There are increasingly sophisticated monitoring technologies that…

POULTRY

Red Tractor updates logo to help shoppers choose chicken

Red Tractor is introducing a simple colour-coded system for its logo, which will help consumers identify the method of production used when it comes to buying chicken. The new logos…

POULTRY

8 clever technical innovations for poultry farmers

Poultry farming is an inherently progressive part of the farming sector – from sophisticated air scrubers that remove more than 90% of ammonia emissions to a robotic helper that scarifies…

BROILERS

From start-up to sector leader – one broiler grower's story

Research, expert advice and attention to detail have helped one first-time broiler grower achieve some of the highest performance figures in the wholesale sector. David Hewitson's journey into broiler production…

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LAYERS

How an egg producer tackled gut disease with bacteria spray

A no-antibiotics strategy to control necrotic enteritis in layers at one Welsh free-range unit has lifted egg production to 4% above target and reduced seconds. James Ford’s 12,000-bird Hyline flock…

LAYERS

A guide on how to improve water quality on poultry units

Issues with water quality that are left unaddressed can have long-term negative effects on a flock, both in terms of bird welfare and the economic impact of disease and poor…

POULTRY

8 clever technical innovations for poultry farmers

Poultry farming is an inherently progressive part of the farming sector – from sophisticated air scrubers that remove more than 90% of ammonia emissions to a robotic helper that scarifies…

MARKETS AND TRENDS

Egg prices rise following surge in retail demand

Farmgate egg prices rose by 9% during the first three months of 2020, with further rises feeding through during April in response to a significant surge in retail demand during…

HEALTH AND WELFARE

How to take free-range layers to 100 weeks

Genetics and a programme of tailored nutrition have helped two Herefordshire farmers successfully lift the laying cycle of their flock of free-range hens beyond the UK’s 72-week average. As long…

LAYERS

8 management tips to help prevent severe feather pecking

Egg producers are reporting less severe feather pecking among hens since making key management and environmental changes to housing and ranges. Farmers have been working with the Laying Hen Welfare…

Other poultry

POULTRY

Advice on getting gut health right in young seasonal birds

Gut health and growth performance in seasonal birds can be a challenge from the outset, so careful management of the young flock is key to ensure it achieves its potential.…

POULTRY

What to consider before going into seasonal turkey production

Seasonal turkey production can offer low start-up costs and good margins, but there are pitfalls for those who don’t plan ahead. Before taking the plunge, potential entrants must carefully consider…

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…

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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…