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Eggs

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FEED AND NUTRITION

How to extend late lay quality through nutrition management

Maintaining lay persistency, egg mass and shell quality in late lay can have a significant impact on a flock’s financial performance.  Keeping up consistent egg production in late lay requires…

POULTRY

6 top tips on free-range egg production for new entrants

As the market for free-range eggs continue to grow, more new entrants have been drawn into the sector, tempted by the relatively low start-up costs and potentially good margins. But…

HEALTH AND WELFARE

Top free-range egg producer shares secrets of success

Nestling down a long drive within sight of Stratford-upon-Avon, Willow Farm is a former cattle and arable farm that is now home to 28,000 laying hens. Consisting of two flat-deck,…

POULTRY

How egg producers can attract new markets

Egg producers and processors should make more of eggs’ natural and enriched health benefits to open up new markets. With the growing focus on health and slimming, the opportunities for…

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Case studies

POULTRY

How Stonegate stops aggressive pecking without beak trimming

Producer packer Stonegate has been recognised for its work with supermarket Waitrose to reduce the need for beak trimming – and boost flock health overall. Introducing enhanced management while birds…

LAYERS

Good grass pays dividends for free-range egg producer

Combining mixed growth rates with durability has led to better ranges for one free-range egg producer, as Philip Clarke discovers. As a farmer who runs a grass seed business, as…

POULTRY

Total organics delivers for Shropshire egg producer

When it comes to organic egg production there is no room for part measures, according to Shropshire producer Shane Brettell. Running 6,000 British Blacktail laying birds at Smethcote Manor, Hadnall,…

POULTRY

Get a glimpse of state-of-the-art egg packing centre

As Noble Foods pushes for more efficiency gains, Philip Clarke visits the firm's new Standlake free-range egg packing centre. Tight margins have become a fact of life in the ever-competitive…

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Insights

EGGS

How data management helps egg producers improve profits

Broiler producers are frequently commended for their data collection and for the fact they use this information to monitor flock performance carefully and respond to changes as and when they…

HEALTH AND WELFARE

Beak trimming is still a big issue for UK egg farmers

For years, the spectre of managing commercial layer units without the ability to beak trim hung over the poultry sector. Encouraged by animal rights organisations, the prospect of a ban…

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News

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…

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,…

EGGS

Egg sales continue to soar in 2016

Consistent marketing of the health and dietary benefits of eggs is paying off, with egg sales continuing to rise this year. Latest Kantar figures show that retail egg sales rose by 3.7%…

POULTRY

Bfrepa calls for representation on Defra avian flu group

Free-range egg producers should be represented on Defra’s avian influenza (AI) core group. The call came from the British Free Range Egg Producers Association (Bfrepa) chief executive Robert Gooch, who…

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Video

POULTRY

Campaigns market eggs to elderly and trendy youth

Two campaigns have been launched to promote eggs to the youngest and oldest generations. The first aims to raise awareness of the latest egg safety advice for vulnerable groups and remind caterers of their…

Egg week celebrates Hancock’s ‘go to work on an egg’ half ...

British Egg Week is to celebrate half a century since the iconic series of “go to work on an egg” adverts were first aired, alongside a wide range of activities aimed at…

Happy Egg takes advantage of US demand for non-cage eggs

Noble Foods has taken advantage of “massive growth” in non-caged egg demand in the US, with Happy Egg now the leading brand in the country's free-range category. The company has tripled…

PLANNING PERMISSION

Watch: Villagers feud with egg packer over new farm

A planning dispute has broken out in a Kent village characteristic of those across the country – local residents opposing the erection of a new poultry unit. This one, however,…

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