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Guide to planting trees on poultry farm ranges

Encouraging free-range hens to venture outside their sheds has long been proven to be beneficial to their health and welfare. However, in many commercial systems, it is common for only a…

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Trial reveals benefits of sprouted seeds in laying hen diets

Sprouted seeds in feed given to laying hens could boost financial returns for farmers and free up land for food production, a new study has found. Hens fed a mix…


Farmers on difficulty of housing poultry in face of AI risk

Concerns have been raised by free-range producers about chief veterinary officer Nigel Gibbens' decision to introduce a blanket prevention zone across England to help protect poultry from a strain of avian…


APHA clamps down on stocking density

Government officials have seized documents and threatened legal action after a series of unannounced inspections revealed potential cases of overstocking on a number of layer units. The Animal and Plant…


Bfrepa issues bird flu contingency booklets to members

The British Free Range Egg Producers Association has developed a pack to help develop a contingency plan in the event avian influenza (AI) strikes at a member’s farm. The guidance…

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Activists slammed for poultry farm break in

Poultry farmer and UKIP spokesman for agriculture Stuart Agnew has branded animal rights activists who broke into his free-range hen farm to take covert footage as “irresponsible” and “wilfully inconsiderate”.…

Activists film chick maceration in French hatchery

Dozens of French MPs have written to the country’s agricultural minister, Stéphane Le Foll, calling for legislation geared at ending the practice of macerating day-old chicks. It follows a video,…


Watch: Villagers feud with egg packer over new farm

A planning dispute has broken out in a Kent village characteristic of those across the country – local residents opposing the erection of a new poultry unit. This one, however,…

Welfare campaigners renew call to ban caged hens

Animal welfare body, Compassion in World Farming (CIWF), is stepping up its campaign to ban enriched colony systems of egg production, describing them as “fundamentally flawed”. The organisation has released…

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