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BROILERS

What the 'Better Chicken Commitment' means for farmers

A campaign to radically change the way broiler chickens are produced has been gathering pace across Europe. It stipulates a change in breed type, stocking densities and lighting levels, among…

HEALTH AND WELFARE

How to dissect chickens to detect disease

Learning how to dissect a chicken can be important skill for poultry producers, particularly if there is sudden or unexplained death in the flock. Ruth Wills attended a course with…

LAYERS

No alternatives to culling day old male chicks... yet

The UK egg sector says French and German plans to ban the culling of day-old male chicks are at best “ambitious”, though it acknowledges there is a consumer perception issue…

HEALTH AND WELFARE

Tips to minimise avian influenza risk on your farm

After two years of relatively low levels of avian influenza in Europe, it is back. The end of December marked the first outbreak of the highly pathogenic H5N8 strain on…

POULTRY

Non-notifiable bird flu confirmed at NI poultry farm

A case of non-notifiable avian influenza has been confirmed on a broiler breeder farm in Northern Ireland. Although this is a less serious strain of influenza, government vets have urged…

HEALTH AND WELFARE

Avian influenza: One farm's robust plans to combat the threat

Chief among the threats to any poultry business in the UK is the incursion of avian influenza (AI). It is possible to reduce the risk of it finding its way…

Poultry news

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…

POULTRY

Vets probe suspected bird flu case in NI poultry flock

Authorities are investigating a suspected case of a notifiable avian disease on a poultry farm in Northern Ireland. A private vet became concerned about increased mortality among birds in a…

POULTRY

Bird flu outbreak hits turkey farms in Poland

An outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza has been reported in turkeys in Poland. The Polish authorities said the virus was detected in turkey flocks in eastern areas of the…

Broilers

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HEALTH AND WELFARE

4 scientific advances poultry farmers should watch out for

The way broilers and laying hens are reared has transformed beyond recognition over the past 70 years. First, the two sectors intensified, with birds brought indoors to protect them from…

BROILERS

What the 'Better Chicken Commitment' means for farmers

A campaign to radically change the way broiler chickens are produced has been gathering pace across Europe. It stipulates a change in breed type, stocking densities and lighting levels, among…

HEALTH AND WELFARE

Tips to minimise avian influenza risk on your farm

After two years of relatively low levels of avian influenza in Europe, it is back. The end of December marked the first outbreak of the highly pathogenic H5N8 strain on…

HEALTH AND WELFARE

Avian influenza: One farm's robust plans to combat the threat

Chief among the threats to any poultry business in the UK is the incursion of avian influenza (AI). It is possible to reduce the risk of it finding its way…

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…

POULTRY

Low pathogenic bird flu hits broiler breeder unit in Suffolk

Commercial poultry keepers and farmers with small flocks of chickens have been urged to step up their watchfulness and biosecurity following an outbreak of low pathogenic avian influenza in Suffolk.…

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HEALTH AND WELFARE

4 scientific advances poultry farmers should watch out for

The way broilers and laying hens are reared has transformed beyond recognition over the past 70 years. First, the two sectors intensified, with birds brought indoors to protect them from…

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…

HEALTH AND WELFARE

How to dissect chickens to detect disease

Learning how to dissect a chicken can be important skill for poultry producers, particularly if there is sudden or unexplained death in the flock. Ruth Wills attended a course with…

LAYERS

No alternatives to culling day old male chicks... yet

The UK egg sector says French and German plans to ban the culling of day-old male chicks are at best “ambitious”, though it acknowledges there is a consumer perception issue…

HEALTH AND WELFARE

Tips to minimise avian influenza risk on your farm

After two years of relatively low levels of avian influenza in Europe, it is back. The end of December marked the first outbreak of the highly pathogenic H5N8 strain on…

HEALTH AND WELFARE

Avian influenza: One farm's robust plans to combat the threat

Chief among the threats to any poultry business in the UK is the incursion of avian influenza (AI). It is possible to reduce the risk of it finding its way…

Other poultry

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…

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…

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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…