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What Lion Training Passport scheme means for poultry staff

Until recently, it has been possible for farms to diversify into free-range egg production as long as the required land area was available. This opportunity has seen a rapid growth…

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4 pitfalls to avoid when upgrading poultry shed windows

Since 1 October 2020, all buildings that house poultry have had to fit windows to meet Red Tractor standards.  For many farmers, this means retrofitting units in order to comply.…

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Video: Shoppers speak out on imported egg ingredients in foods

A petition has been launched to urge supermarkets to use British eggs for foods made in Britain and stop importing eggs after shoppers spoke out against the practice. British Lion…

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Two cases of avian flu confirmed as housing order set to end

Two new cases of avian influenza have been confirmed in commercial poultry flocks, just days ahead of the lifting of the housing order. On Saturday (27 March), the H5N8 strain…

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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…

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3 top tips for marketing eggs from the farm gate

Since being crowned Farmers Weekly 2020 Poultry Farmers of the Year, Jim and Anne Smillie have received recognition from an important customer, the local council, and even been congratulated by…

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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…

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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…

HOUSING AND HANDLING

Meat and farming bodies slam Defra’s animal transport plans

Farming and meat trade organisations have expressed their dismay at government plans to tighten live animal transport rules and ban live exports other than for breeding purposes. Responding to a…

POULTRY

Avian flu: New strain found on Scottish farm

Poultrykeepers are being urged to maximise biosecurity and keep their flocks housed after a new strain of avian influenza was detected on a gamebird farm in Scotland. The Scottish government…

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How the new poultry standards proposals will affect farmers

Earlier this year, two consultations on farm assurance standards for the UK poultry sector came to a close. Red Tractor and Defra propose changes that will help keep standards up…

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4 pitfalls to avoid when upgrading poultry shed windows

Since 1 October 2020, all buildings that house poultry have had to fit windows to meet Red Tractor standards.  For many farmers, this means retrofitting units in order to comply.…

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

How a borehole is saving free-range egg producer £5,000/year

Installing a borehole to draw a private water supply is resulting in cost savings of about £5,000/year for a Pembrokeshire free-range egg business. Lyn and Carol Jenkins diversified from dairy…

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A guide to improving poultry shed insulation

Good insulation will keep poultry housing at an even temperature throughout the seasons, reducing heating and ventilation costs. However, older types of insulation may be less efficient due to outdated…

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Where to invest when building or upgrading poultry units

What does it cost to create a state-of-the-art poultry unit? We ask one arable farmer-turned-poultrykeeper to break down the key investment areas for anyone who wants to overhaul part of…

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How the new poultry standards proposals will affect farmers

Earlier this year, two consultations on farm assurance standards for the UK poultry sector came to a close. Red Tractor and Defra propose changes that will help keep standards up…

POULTRY

What Lion Training Passport scheme means for poultry staff

Until recently, it has been possible for farms to diversify into free-range egg production as long as the required land area was available. This opportunity has seen a rapid growth…

POULTRY

4 pitfalls to avoid when upgrading poultry shed windows

Since 1 October 2020, all buildings that house poultry have had to fit windows to meet Red Tractor standards.  For many farmers, this means retrofitting units in order to comply.…

POULTRY

Video: Shoppers speak out on imported egg ingredients in foods

A petition has been launched to urge supermarkets to use British eggs for foods made in Britain and stop importing eggs after shoppers spoke out against the practice. British Lion…

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

How a borehole is saving free-range egg producer £5,000/year

Installing a borehole to draw a private water supply is resulting in cost savings of about £5,000/year for a Pembrokeshire free-range egg business. Lyn and Carol Jenkins diversified from dairy…

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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…

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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…

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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…

HEALTH

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 –…

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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…

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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…