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BROILERS

How a farmer reversed losses by improving chick start

A switch to strategic veterinary care has helped a poultry producer recover from two disastrous crops and save thousands of pounds a year. Broiler producer Henry Dent farms 270,000 birds…

LAYERS

7 tips for new entrants from a first-time poultry tenant

At 18, Tim Clarke set a target to one day farm in his own right – an ambitious goal for someone with no background in farming and no assets to…

LAYERS

Benefits of smart sensors for layer flock health

Ammonia levels have been cut by 75% and antibiotics use reduced to zero after a high-tech sensor system was installed at Wern Farm in Powys. Damp air affecting litter quality…

BROILERS

Poultry farmer out of pocket after healthy birds incinerated

A poultry farmer has questioned the training offered to vets carrying out Food Standards Agency (FSA) checks in abattoirs, after she was left £1,800 out of pocket when a pre-slaughter…

BROILERS

What M&S move to slow-growing poultry means for farmers

Capitalising on the growing consumer awareness of ethically reared meat, M&S has announced plans to be the first major UK retailer to sell only slower reared fresh chicken. The move…

POULTRY

FW Awards: 2021 Poultry Farmer of the Year finalists

Eggs and poultrymeat are both represented in this year's poultry category – with three finalists from all three nations of Great Britain vying for the title of Poultry Farmer of…

Poultry news

POULTRY

Poultry industry slashes production as labour crisis worsens

The UK poultry sector has been forced to cut production levels by up to 20% amid worsening post-Brexit labour shortages. The British Poultry Council (BPC) said its members were typically…

POULTRY

Poultry farmers urged to step up biosecurity after outbreak

Poultry farmers and backyard keepers are being urged to step up biosecurity measures following an outbreak of a virulent disease in flocks in Northern Ireland. The NI Department of Agriculture,…

POULTRY

Avian flu housing order to be lifted in Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland’s free-range poultry producers will be able to let their birds go outside again from midnight on Tuesday 13 April, agriculture minister Edwin Poots has confirmed. The housing measures…

POULTRY

Avian flu: Poultry housing order set to be lifted

The compulsory housing order currently in place for poultry and captive birds is set to be lifted at the end of this month. In a joint statement, the chief veterinary…

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BROILERS

How a farmer reversed losses by improving chick start

A switch to strategic veterinary care has helped a poultry producer recover from two disastrous crops and save thousands of pounds a year. Broiler producer Henry Dent farms 270,000 birds…

BROILERS

Poultry farmer out of pocket after healthy birds incinerated

A poultry farmer has questioned the training offered to vets carrying out Food Standards Agency (FSA) checks in abattoirs, after she was left £1,800 out of pocket when a pre-slaughter…

BROILERS

What M&S move to slow-growing poultry means for farmers

Capitalising on the growing consumer awareness of ethically reared meat, M&S has announced plans to be the first major UK retailer to sell only slower reared fresh chicken. The move…

FEED AND NUTRITION

A poultry farmer's guide to using mycotoxin binders in feed

Fungi produce toxic substances, known as mycotoxins, as a form of defence against the environment. The development of mycotoxins is subject to specific environmental factors, such as warm temperatures, high…

BROILERS

Young chick nutrition: Tips to get critical first days right

The right nutrition in very young chicks can bring benefits in reduced mortality and better production later in life. In the past, chicks may have been 47 days of age…

POULTRY

Which home-grown proteins may replace soya in poultry diets?

Soya is almost unique in its qualities as a source of highly digestible, high-protein, plant-based feed with a good amino acid profile.  It is also available year round and is…

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POULTRY

Private bill launched to ban cages for laying hens

An attempt is being made by a Conservative animal welfare group to outlaw the use of enriched cages in egg production in the UK. Conservative Animal Welfare Foundation (CAWF) patron…

LAYERS

7 tips for new entrants from a first-time poultry tenant

At 18, Tim Clarke set a target to one day farm in his own right – an ambitious goal for someone with no background in farming and no assets to…

LAYERS

Benefits of smart sensors for layer flock health

Ammonia levels have been cut by 75% and antibiotics use reduced to zero after a high-tech sensor system was installed at Wern Farm in Powys. Damp air affecting litter quality…

FEED AND NUTRITION

A poultry farmer's guide to using mycotoxin binders in feed

Fungi produce toxic substances, known as mycotoxins, as a form of defence against the environment. The development of mycotoxins is subject to specific environmental factors, such as warm temperatures, high…

LAYERS

How poultry farm is saving 10% on feed costs with home mill

Milling grain from home-grown wheat and oats as feed for their 64,000 layers is making Allan and Nick Panniers’ free-range egg business more sustainable. Until 2016, they bought their feed from…

POULTRY

Which home-grown proteins may replace soya in poultry diets?

Soya is almost unique in its qualities as a source of highly digestible, high-protein, plant-based feed with a good amino acid profile.  It is also available year round and is…

Other poultry

POULTRY

How to manage staff exposure to poultry dust

Respiratory disease is a major health risk for UK poultry farmworkers, with incidence of occupational asthma double the national average. Staff are exposed to many different airborne particles that are…

POULTRY

What to consider when diversifying into pheasant rearing

Gamebird rearing can provide a good secondary income for farmers looking to maximise the value of farmland. Pheasant and partridge can be produced on a small acreage and, as it…

POULTRY

Cull of 8,000 ducks after avian flu outbreak at Norfolk farm

About 8,000 ducks are being culled following an avian flu outbreak at a farm run by the UK’s largest supplier of ducks to supermarkets. The highly pathogenic H5N8 strain of…

Leg health better in native-breed turkeys, research finds

Native-breed turkeys have shown better leg health and meat tenderness in a comparison with commercial birds, new research has found. Eight native-breed turkeys – Norfolk Black and Slate breeds –…

OTHER POULTRY

Fears grow that large turkeys could be wasted this Christmas

A surge in demand for smaller turkeys this Christmas has prompted calls from producers for consumers to buy a large bird to avoid them going to waste. Coronavirus restrictions mean…

POULTRY

Avian flu: Cull of 10,500 turkeys after Yorkshire outbreak

Highly pathogenic avian influenza has been confirmed at a turkey-fattening site in North Yorkshire and all 10,500 birds will be culled. The H5N8 bird flu strain was confirmed at the…