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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…

LIVESTOCK

A guide to farm recycling: the options and costs

Plastic usage is a hot topic globally, with all industries under pressure to reduce the amount used. On farms – particularly livestock units – large quantities of plastic are used…

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…

POULTRY

How a high-tech poultry unit is opening up to the public

If there is one criticism that can fairly be levelled at the commercial poultry sector in the UK, it is that engagement with its ultimate customer, the British public, can…

POULTRY

Poultry farmers fear business failure as Moy Park closes plant

Poultry farmers in Northern Ireland fear some of them could go out of business following the closure of two Moy Park facilities in the country. The processor, which is the…

HEALTH AND WELFARE

Poultry sector denies it relies on a 'mountain of drugs'

Poultry producers have been defending their track record on the use of antibiotics in the face of suggestions by the BBC’s Countryfile programme that the sector is actually using a…

Poultry news

POULTRY

2 Sisters fined £1.4m after poultry worker crushed

2 Sisters Food Group has been fined £1.4m after a worker suffered crush injuries while unblocking a machine on the poultry slaughter line. Doncaster Magistrates’ Court heard how, on 6…

BREXIT

UK's 'no-deal' Brexit tariffs illegal, warns farm commissioner

EU farm commissioner Phil Hogan has said the UK’s planned import tariffs, to be applied in the event of a no-deal Brexit, would be illegal under World Trade Organization (WTO)…

MARKETS AND TRENDS

Poultry and eggs buck trend with strong retail growth

Poultrymeat and eggs continue to increase in popularity with consumers despite a decline in total meat consumption. A snapshot of the retail market reveals positive news for both chicken and…

BREXIT

Eustice fails to give guarantees about chlorinated chicken

Defra farm minister George Eustice has said it would be wrong to open UK markets up to foreign food imports produced to lower standards after Brexit – but he can’t…

Broilers

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FEED AND NUTRITION

4 areas to focus on when rearing broiler chicks

Chick start has been proven time and again to be the most important element of broiler production. Birds reaching at least target weight by seven days are more likely to…

BROILERS

The robot flock helper that's improving feed conversion rates

Installing robots in broiler sheds to keep birds active may improve mobility towards the end of crops and, as a result, crop uniformity, a small trial has suggested. Robochick is…

HEALTH AND WELFARE

Poultry sector denies it relies on a 'mountain of drugs'

Poultry producers have been defending their track record on the use of antibiotics in the face of suggestions by the BBC’s Countryfile programme that the sector is actually using a…

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…

COMPLIANCE

How to control smells on poultry farms

Keeping a tight lid on smell is one of the primary responsibilities of the poultry farm manager. Statutory authorities have a duty to deal with odour complaints from a variety…

HEALTH AND WELFARE

Managing gut health in broilers explained

The impressive genetic improvement of poultry growth rate has led to a modern bird with a very low feed conversion, high average daily gain and low mortality. This improvement in…

Layers

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AWARDS

5 minutes with... Poultry Farmer of the Year Philip Crawley

It's been a whirlwind few months for the Farmers Weekly Award winners – 15 extraordinary farmers, advisers, contractors and farmworkers who last year received one of farming's highest accolades recognising…

POULTRY

How a high-tech poultry unit is opening up to the public

If there is one criticism that can fairly be levelled at the commercial poultry sector in the UK, it is that engagement with its ultimate customer, the British public, can…

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…

FEED AND NUTRITION

How to match nutrition to layer potential

Over a modern laying hen's lifetime it will produce many multiples of its bodyweight in eggs, and as genetic selection improves, so too does the length of the bird's productive…

HEALTH AND WELFARE

Guide to inactive vaccine administration for pullet rearers

Like many of the processes in poultry farming, bird performance is tied to getting the basics right. The inactivated vaccine administration at point of lay is no different, with a…

HOUSING AND HANDLING

Advice on cleaning free-range poultry sheds

Planning turnaround and the logistics is a big undertaking. But a well-executed clean can help set a new free-range flock off to a flying start. Andrew Watson of Bowler Eggs…

Other poultry

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…

FEED AND NUTRITION

Grass diet a winner for seasonal goose marketing

Oliver White sees geese as a key part of his enterprise based around the merits of grass-fed livestock. He has a passion for pasture-fed livestock – a topic he is…

Poultry business

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POULTRY

Healthy rise in UK egg sales in 2018

About 240 million more eggs were sold in the UK last year compared with 2017. This represents a 4% annual increase, helped by consumers looking for healthier options and the…

POULTRY

Free-range egg contracts slammed for 'buyer bias'

The British Free Range Egg Producers Association (BFREPA) plans to introduce its own model contract for egg producers, to provide a blueprint for members and so encourage packers to improve the…

POULTRY

Poultry sector automates as Brexit decimates labour supply

Two of the poultry industry’s biggest players are investing heavily in automation to mitigate the loss of labour availability as Brexit approaches. Both Dale Burnett, Noble Foods chief executive, and…

BREXIT

Eustice fails to give guarantees about chlorinated chicken

Defra farm minister George Eustice has said it would be wrong to open UK markets up to foreign food imports produced to lower standards after Brexit – but he can’t…

MEAT MARKETS AND PRICES

Chick placings hit September record above 90m birds

The number of chick and poult placings broke records in the month of September after exceeding 90m birds. At 90.3m placings in total, the highest number ever recorded by Defra,…

BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

Egg contracts 'not worth the paper they are written on'

Work is under way to determine the fairness of free-range egg contracts. The British Free Range Egg Producers Association (Bfrepa) is calling on farmers to send in their contracts with…

DIVERSIFICATION

Poultry sector growth adds to demand for grain

The poultry sector is continuing to grow with a record 785m chick and poult placings made in the eight months to August 2018, according to Defra statistics. It is the…

BUSINESS

Feed price increases erode egg producer margins

Free-range egg producers are calling for a farmgate price increase as the cost of feed continues to spiral. Heatwaves affecting many of Europe’s major wheat-growing nations have hit crop yields,…

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…

MEAT MARKETS AND PRICES

Pig and poultry producers face slaughtering delays

Dwindling stocks of carbon dioxide, a vital component of the slaughtering process used in many abattoirs, could have an impact on pig and poultry supply chains as early as next…

DIVERSIFICATION

Poultry firm offers free-range deal to entice arable farms

One of the UK’s largest free-range chicken producers has urged arable farmers to invest up to £1m and diversify into contract poultry production. Traditional Norfolk Poultry (TNP) already operates more…

FARM ENERGY

Surprise policy changes threaten new CHP biomass projects

Some new biomass combined heat and power energy projects face being scrapped following unexpected changes to the way renewable heating support is calculated. An amendment to Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI)…