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POULTRY

Nano minerals in feed can improve broiler growth, says study

Nano delivery of mineral supplements in poultry diets leads to improved bird growth, feed consumption and digestibility, a new study has found. A team at Nottingham Trent University used a…

BROILERS

What to consider before installing a poultry incinerator

Incinerator suppliers are handling an increasing number of enquiries from poultry units that want to cut fallen stock disposal costs and reduce biosecurity risks from farm-to-farm collections. Any livestock farm…

POULTRY

Why LED lighting can improve layer and broiler margins

Research work has shown modern lighting systems can increase layer production by up to 38 eggs a hen and gross margins by 0.87p/kg on broiler units. But lighting often slips…

POULTRY

Coronavirus outbreak confirmed at Banham Poultry plant

Seven workers at a Norfolk chicken processing plant have tested positive for coronavirus – and a further five are isolating while they await results. A number of other staff are…

LAYERS

A poultrykeeper's guide to ground-source heat pumps

With farm carbon emissions under the spotlight and an increasing emphasis on sustainable agriculture, many producers are moving away from fossil fuels. Ground-source heat pumps offer a good solution for…

FEED AND NUTRITION

Everything you need to know about poultry feed additives

According to the British Poultry Council’s latest report, overall antibiotics use on UK poultry meat units fell by more than 80% between 2012 and 2018, to a total of 16.2t.…

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BREEDING AND FERTILITY

Gene-edited livestock ‘surrogate sires’ created

Scientists have produced gene-edited livestock using a technique which they say could lead to healthier animals and more sustainable meat production. The researchers from universities in the UK and the…

POULTRY

Poultry suppliers take steps to protect workers from Covid-19

The main UK poultry processors have been taking steps to protect workers from Covid-19 after clusters of cases emerged at meat factories in recent weeks. Workers at 2 Sisters’ factory…

FARM POLICY

US farm antibiotics use 'five times higher' than in UK

US livestock receive dosage levels of antibiotics more than five times higher than those used on UK farms, new research shows. Figures published in a report (PDF) by the campaign…

MARKETS AND TRENDS

Egg prices rise following surge in retail demand

Farmgate egg prices rose by 9% during the first three months of 2020, with further rises feeding through during April in response to a significant surge in retail demand during…

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POULTRY

Nano minerals in feed can improve broiler growth, says study

Nano delivery of mineral supplements in poultry diets leads to improved bird growth, feed consumption and digestibility, a new study has found. A team at Nottingham Trent University used a…

BROILERS

What to consider before installing a poultry incinerator

Incinerator suppliers are handling an increasing number of enquiries from poultry units that want to cut fallen stock disposal costs and reduce biosecurity risks from farm-to-farm collections. Any livestock farm…

POULTRY

Why LED lighting can improve layer and broiler margins

Research work has shown modern lighting systems can increase layer production by up to 38 eggs a hen and gross margins by 0.87p/kg on broiler units. But lighting often slips…

LAYERS

A poultrykeeper's guide to ground-source heat pumps

With farm carbon emissions under the spotlight and an increasing emphasis on sustainable agriculture, many producers are moving away from fossil fuels. Ground-source heat pumps offer a good solution for…

FEED AND NUTRITION

Everything you need to know about poultry feed additives

According to the British Poultry Council’s latest report, overall antibiotics use on UK poultry meat units fell by more than 80% between 2012 and 2018, to a total of 16.2t.…

LAYERS

A guide on how to improve water quality on poultry units

Issues with water quality that are left unaddressed can have long-term negative effects on a flock, both in terms of bird welfare and the economic impact of disease and poor…

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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…

POULTRY

Why LED lighting can improve layer and broiler margins

Research work has shown modern lighting systems can increase layer production by up to 38 eggs a hen and gross margins by 0.87p/kg on broiler units. But lighting often slips…

POULTRY

How free-range egg unit slashed bills with solar electricity

When June and Frank Armstrong’s power supply company quoted a figure of £150,000 to hook up their new poultry shed to the mains electricity network, it forced a rethink. The…

LAYERS

A poultrykeeper's guide to ground-source heat pumps

With farm carbon emissions under the spotlight and an increasing emphasis on sustainable agriculture, many producers are moving away from fossil fuels. Ground-source heat pumps offer a good solution for…

FEED AND NUTRITION

Everything you need to know about poultry feed additives

According to the British Poultry Council’s latest report, overall antibiotics use on UK poultry meat units fell by more than 80% between 2012 and 2018, to a total of 16.2t.…

LAYERS

How an egg producer tackled gut disease with bacteria spray

A no-antibiotics strategy to control necrotic enteritis in layers at one Welsh free-range unit has lifted egg production to 4% above target and reduced seconds. James Ford’s 12,000-bird Hyline flock…

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POULTRY

Advice on getting gut health right in young seasonal birds

Gut health and growth performance in seasonal birds can be a challenge from the outset, so careful management of the young flock is key to ensure it achieves its potential.…

POULTRY

What to consider before going into seasonal turkey production

Seasonal turkey production can offer low start-up costs and good margins, but there are pitfalls for those who don’t plan ahead. Before taking the plunge, potential entrants must carefully consider…

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…

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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…