Poultry farm doubles free-range capacity to 104,000 hens

A North Lincolnshire farming family has more than doubled its interest in free-range egg farming with a new 64,000 bird-unit.

It complements the 40,000 free-range places already kept by V Wilkins and Sons at Ulceby, near Scunthorpe.

The farm business mixes egg production with arable farming, and much of the grain produced is fed to the birds, while the poultry litter fertilises the land.

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The business has experienced steady growth over the last decade and has been increasing the number of hens on the farm every few years, since the owners diversified into egg production in 2004. 

Paul Wilkins, who runs the farm in partnership with his father Richard, said: “As we’ve evolved into a competitive business, sustainability has become a priority for us and we’ve managed to nicely tie together our farming activities to help achieve this. 

“In the future, I hope to continue increasing the number of hens and grow production even further, in line with market demand.”

The new shed was financed by Yorkshire Bank.

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