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HOUSING AND HANDLING

How to prepare pullets for laying in multi-tier systems

Margins are tight in poultry production, and a traditional pinch point where savings can be found has often been pullet rearing, where farms often forgo specialist equipment in favour of…

HOUSING AND HANDLING

The new EPEF 420 broiler standard and how to achieve it

Aviagen's Ross 400 Club was introduced to recognise farmers achieving the highest performance on broiler farms. Entry to the club is for those farmers that have achieved a European production…

LAYERS

Rearer's advice on getting pullets off to a good start

Modern hybrid hens are genetically sophisticated and achieving their productive potential will only be possible if the development period from chick to hen is carefully managed. Attention to detail is…

LAYERS

3 key ways to control salmonella in layers

The introduction of live vaccines for salmonella in layers in the early part of the last decade and the UK national control programme have been effective at controlling the bacteria. But…

FEED AND NUTRITION

Why home-mix rations are making a comeback on poultry farms

Market conditions are tough for free-range egg farmers and one of the ways to manage the risk of lower returns, is to take control of the largest input cost any…

HOUSING AND HANDLING

4 alternatives to spreading poultry manure on land 

Poultry farmers are increasingly looking at practical uses for poultry manure to future-proof their businesses and achieve additional income. The amount and timing of spreading on land – the most common way…

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LAYERS

Model contract aims to make egg sector fairer for producers

A new “model contract” for free-range egg farmers that aims to balance their relationship with packers has been agreed. The document, which is free to members of the British Free…

AWARDS

FW Awards 2019: Poultry Farmer of the Year

Susie Macmillan is the 2019 Farmers Weekly Poultry Farmer of the Year. A glance at The Mac’s Farm social media channels quickly shows that this is a business in very…

FEED AND NUTRITION

Guide launched to improve livestock ration formulation

Premier Nutrition has launched a global feed ingredients matrix to help nutritionists formulate livestock rations more accurately. The Premier Atlas is the first of its kind and contains more than…

AWARDS

Farmers Weekly Awards: Poultry farmer finalists 2019

With the egg market under pressure, making a decent margin is a tall order for most producers this year. The two finalists in this year’s poultry category are taking very…

Broilers

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HEALTH AND WELFARE

Expert insights on the latest poultry gut health science

Influencing gut populations to promote better health, reduce the use of antibiotics and improve performance has arguably become as important as bird genetics in recent years. Getting nutrition right –…

HEALTH AND WELFARE

A poultrykeeper's guide to spotting and controlling blackhead

Vets are urging poultry flock-keepers to take precautions against blackhead after a warm, wet summer saw a rise in the number of cases. Blackhead, or histomoniasis, commonly causes reduced weights…

HOUSING AND HANDLING

The new EPEF 420 broiler standard and how to achieve it

Aviagen's Ross 400 Club was introduced to recognise farmers achieving the highest performance on broiler farms. Entry to the club is for those farmers that have achieved a European production…

HOUSING AND HANDLING

4 alternatives to spreading poultry manure on land 

Poultry farmers are increasingly looking at practical uses for poultry manure to future-proof their businesses and achieve additional income. The amount and timing of spreading on land – the most common way…

BROILERS

How a North Yorks broiler breeder manages expansion

North Yorkshire broiler breeder and pig farmer Matt Donald is building for the future, optimistic that the 2-3% growth in poultrymeat consumption will continue as the UK’s 65 million population…

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…

Layers

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LAYERS

Model contract aims to make egg sector fairer for producers

A new “model contract” for free-range egg farmers that aims to balance their relationship with packers has been agreed. The document, which is free to members of the British Free…

HOUSING AND HANDLING

How to prepare pullets for laying in multi-tier systems

Margins are tight in poultry production, and a traditional pinch point where savings can be found has often been pullet rearing, where farms often forgo specialist equipment in favour of…

LAYERS

Rearer's advice on getting pullets off to a good start

Modern hybrid hens are genetically sophisticated and achieving their productive potential will only be possible if the development period from chick to hen is carefully managed. Attention to detail is…

LAYERS

3 key ways to control salmonella in layers

The introduction of live vaccines for salmonella in layers in the early part of the last decade and the UK national control programme have been effective at controlling the bacteria. But…

FEED AND NUTRITION

Why home-mix rations are making a comeback on poultry farms

Market conditions are tough for free-range egg farmers and one of the ways to manage the risk of lower returns, is to take control of the largest input cost any…

HOUSING AND HANDLING

4 alternatives to spreading poultry manure on land 

Poultry farmers are increasingly looking at practical uses for poultry manure to future-proof their businesses and achieve additional income. The amount and timing of spreading on land – the most common way…

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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…

OTHER POULTRY

What UK farmers can learn from German turkey beak trim ban

The laying hen sector in the UK is working hard to determine exactly how farmers might manage without beak treatments. But in Germany a ban has been extended to turkeys…

OTHER POULTRY

Advice to help turkey producers win back sales

Every three years, Kelly Turkeys throws open the doors to its Essex headquarters and welcomes some of the 800-900 small farmers who rear its breeds for Christmas. This year, there…

HEALTH AND WELFARE

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 business

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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…

Broiler producers could save 15% on heating costs

Gas savings of over 15% are achievable by using de-stratification fans in broiler houses, according to a new study by the Farm Energy Centre at Stoneleigh. The research was conducted…