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POULTRY

Free-range egg contracts slammed for 'buyer bias'

The British Free Range Egg Producers Association (BFREPA) plans to introduce its own model contract for egg producers, to provide a blueprint for members and so encourage packers to improve the…

SLURRY AND MANURE MANAGEMENT

Free emissions calculators for permitted pig and poultry farms

Pig and poultry farmers can trial a free calculator to determine levels of nitrogen and phosphorous being produced by their farms. The new calculators are available through the AHDB and…

POULTRY

Avian influenza: The signs and symptoms

Avian influenza (AI) has been spreading across Europe in recent years, with the most recent cases in farmed poulty found in Germany and Bulgaria. The disease was identified in wild…

POULTRY

Kelly Turkey boss urges consumers to stop wasting good meat

Shoppers are wasting their money and creating unacceptable food waste when they opt for a turkey crown for Christmas rather than a whole bird, a leading turkey producer has claimed.…

POULTRY

Poultry sector automates as Brexit decimates labour supply

Two of the poultry industry’s biggest players are investing heavily in automation to mitigate the loss of labour availability as Brexit approaches. Both Dale Burnett, Noble Foods chief executive, and…

POULTRY

Farmers Weekly Awards 2018: Poultry Farmer of the Year

Phillip Crawley has been named the Farmers Weekly 2018 Poultry Farmer of the Year. Phillip, who is joint managing director of Sunrise Eggs, says he entered the Farmers Weekly Awards in…

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BREXIT

Eustice fails to give guarantees about chlorinated chicken

Defra farm minister George Eustice has said it would be wrong to open UK markets up to foreign food imports produced to lower standards after Brexit – but he can’t…

CRIME

UK chicken catching business closed down by GLAA

One of the UK’s biggest chicken catching businesses has had its Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) licence revoked for unlawful treatment of its staff. Victor Foster Poultry Services (VFPS)…

MEAT MARKETS AND PRICES

Chick placings hit September record above 90m birds

The number of chick and poult placings broke records in the month of September after exceeding 90m birds. At 90.3m placings in total, the highest number ever recorded by Defra,…

BREXIT

Kelly Turkeys to open European business over Brexit concerns

Concerns about the threat of cheap imports, border controls, lack of available seasonal labour and a growing EU market has prompted Kelly Turkeys to move some of its business to…

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COMPLIANCE

How to control smells on poultry farms

Keeping a tight lid on smell is one of the primary responsibilities of the poultry farm manager. Statutory authorities have a duty to deal with odour complaints from a variety…

POULTRY

Avian influenza: The signs and symptoms

Avian influenza (AI) has been spreading across Europe in recent years, with the most recent cases in farmed poulty found in Germany and Bulgaria. The disease was identified in wild…

BROILERS

Managing gut health in broilers explained

The impressive genetic improvement of poultry growth rate has led to a modern bird with a very low feed conversion, high average daily gain and low mortality. This improvement in…

BROILERS

Tips for managing an organic poultry system

As extensive poultry farming becomes more commonplace in developed countries, farmers need to rise to the challenge of meeting birds’ nutritional needs and managing increased disease risk. That's according to…

BROILERS

Pret A Manger commits to slow-growing broilers

Pret A Manger has become the first cafe chain in the US to commit to improvements for the welfare of chickens raised for its food operations. The company, which has 70 stores in…

POULTRY

New gas stunner offers higher welfare for poultry farm

Traditional Norfolk Poultry (TNP) is to become the first business in the world to stun both chickens and turkeys in a new multi-stage carbon dioxide stunning system. The company believes…

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COMPLIANCE

How to control smells on poultry farms

Keeping a tight lid on smell is one of the primary responsibilities of the poultry farm manager. Statutory authorities have a duty to deal with odour complaints from a variety…

POULTRY

A poultry producer's guide to red mite control

It may be considered to be a “belt and braces” approach, but effectively tackling the tenacious red mite it requires a stringent three-pronged approach at turnaround. Every poultry producer knows…

POULTRY

Free-range egg contracts slammed for 'buyer bias'

The British Free Range Egg Producers Association (BFREPA) plans to introduce its own model contract for egg producers, to provide a blueprint for members and so encourage packers to improve the…

POULTRY

Avian influenza: The signs and symptoms

Avian influenza (AI) has been spreading across Europe in recent years, with the most recent cases in farmed poulty found in Germany and Bulgaria. The disease was identified in wild…

LAYERS

Trial reveals benefits of sprouted seeds in laying hen diets

Sprouted seeds in feed given to laying hens could boost financial returns for farmers and free up land for food production, a new study has found. Hens fed a mix…

POULTRY

Farmers on difficulty of housing poultry in face of AI risk

Concerns have been raised by free-range producers about chief veterinary officer Nigel Gibbens' decision to introduce a blanket prevention zone across England to help protect poultry from a strain of avian…

Other poultry

POULTRY

Avian influenza: The signs and symptoms

Avian influenza (AI) has been spreading across Europe in recent years, with the most recent cases in farmed poulty found in Germany and Bulgaria. The disease was identified in wild…

OTHER POULTRY

Grass diet a winner for seasonal goose marketing

Oliver White sees geese as a key part of his enterprise based around the merits of grass-fed livestock. He has a passion for pasture-fed livestock – a topic he is…

TURKEYS

How focus on marketing won Scots turkey farm plaudits

Turkey producer, Craig Michie, has focused on growing a strong reputation side-by-side with bird numbers, and is reaping foodie awards left right and centre as a result. We find out…

TURKEYS

Analysis: Bernard Matthews' sale to Ranjit Singh

2 Sisters chief executive Ranjit Singh has further strengthened his hold on the British poultry industry by buying beleaguered turkey integrator Bernard Matthews. Mr Singh bought the business in a…

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POULTRY

Free-range egg contracts slammed for 'buyer bias'

The British Free Range Egg Producers Association (BFREPA) plans to introduce its own model contract for egg producers, to provide a blueprint for members and so encourage packers to improve the…

POULTRY

Poultry sector automates as Brexit decimates labour supply

Two of the poultry industry’s biggest players are investing heavily in automation to mitigate the loss of labour availability as Brexit approaches. Both Dale Burnett, Noble Foods chief executive, and…

BREXIT

Eustice fails to give guarantees about chlorinated chicken

Defra farm minister George Eustice has said it would be wrong to open UK markets up to foreign food imports produced to lower standards after Brexit – but he can’t…

MEAT MARKETS AND PRICES

Chick placings hit September record above 90m birds

The number of chick and poult placings broke records in the month of September after exceeding 90m birds. At 90.3m placings in total, the highest number ever recorded by Defra,…

BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

Egg contracts 'not worth the paper they are written on'

Work is under way to determine the fairness of free-range egg contracts. The British Free Range Egg Producers Association (Bfrepa) is calling on farmers to send in their contracts with…

DIVERSIFICATION

Poultry sector growth adds to demand for grain

The poultry sector is continuing to grow with a record 785m chick and poult placings made in the eight months to August 2018, according to Defra statistics. It is the…

BUSINESS

Feed price increases erode egg producer margins

Free-range egg producers are calling for a farmgate price increase as the cost of feed continues to spiral. Heatwaves affecting many of Europe’s major wheat-growing nations have hit crop yields,…

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…

MEAT MARKETS AND PRICES

Pig and poultry producers face slaughtering delays

Dwindling stocks of carbon dioxide, a vital component of the slaughtering process used in many abattoirs, could have an impact on pig and poultry supply chains as early as next…

DIVERSIFICATION

Poultry firm offers free-range deal to entice arable farms

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

FARM ENERGY

Surprise policy changes threaten new CHP biomass projects

Some new biomass combined heat and power energy projects face being scrapped following unexpected changes to the way renewable heating support is calculated. An amendment to Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI)…

Outlook 2016: Costs crucial to poultry profits

Low cereal prices look set to continue until at least harvest 2016, providing some comfort on the cost side of the poultry producer’s ledger. At the same time, the big…