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26-11-2014 02:26 AM | Viewed 107 times

Wild birds - flu biosecurity measures

Wild birds are one possible source of the H5N8 avian flu outbreak in East Yorkshire. That is why we are advising poultry keepers to follow good practice to minimise contact with wild birds while the origin of the infection is being investigated.
25-11-2014 12:36 PM | Viewed 206 times

Avian influenza (bird flu) Wild birds - biosecurity measures

DEFRA's latest Avian Influenza Guidelines are now available to download.
21-11-2014 14:44 PM | Viewed 315 times

SEPRA Market Report - 21st November 2014

Prices in England are still spiralling up, there are virtually no spare eggs anywhere, we have had several comments of, if we had any spare eggs they would be £3.00 per dozen.   Colony eggs are pulled up price wise by the shortage of free range, but both now are getting customer resistance to the sudden price rises, we are also hearing of supermarkets receiving short orders.   We suspect everything is balanced on a knife edge with Avian Influenza being the problem.   We have had one confirmed case in Ducks in East Yorkshire, if DEFRA manage to isolate the problem and no other outbreaks occur prices will hold and possibly firm up, but if there any other outbreaks, the media would go mad and demand and prices would go down the plughole.   We hear of DEFRA inspectors casually wondering in as if there was no problem (this would not happen in Scotland) and there recommendations for Bio-Security are somewhat pathetic and out of date with our modern industry, when you compare them with the standards required by the authorities in Holland.   This Avian Influenza outbreak has been a bit of a surprise but it shouldn’t have been. It all comes back to Siberia and waterfowl, the hot bed of AI is the far east China and Vietnam, but waterfowl that over winter on the coast there go to the vast wet lands in Siberia, which cover the roof of the world from Asia to Europe for the summer, where they obviously meet up with the waterfowl that over winters in Holland and our East coast hence the out breaks in Germany, Holland and now our East coast.   Bird X and Pigeons Out supply an oil based gel that can be applied to roofs of buildings, branches of trees or posts that is repellent to wild birds, under the circumstances this is a product that might be of interest.
17-11-2014 13:35 PM

Declaration of a Protection Zone and a Surveillance Zone following confirmation of Avian Influenza

The Chief Veterinary Officer has confirmed that highly pathogenic avian influenza is present in England. and has taken into account the criteria set out in article 29(5) of the Avian Influenza and Influenza of Avian Origin in Mammals (England) (No 2) Order 20061 (“the Order”).
17-11-2014 13:14 PM | Viewed 425 times

SEPRA Market Report - 14th November 2014

The market is almost empty and that is before the Christmas demand really kicks in, marketeers whether mega or small are scouring the country for eggs, particularly Free Range.   As an example note Central Egg showing no change for Free Range, answer they have none.   On the Continent they are moving into a fairly severe shortage, producers over there have been losing money for a while, the banks and financial organisations are not allowing finance for new pullets. This is a dangerous situation over there and potentially here, if banks are red lining finance for next year’s stock and modernisation, only the big and efficient can survive, but in the short time it creates shortage.   This cold wet and windy weather does give encouragement for comfort food; eggs come into this category and with all the special offers in the supermarkets demand is picking up.
17-11-2014 09:32 AM | Viewed 426 times

Food and Agribusiness Survey 2014

Norton Rose Fulbright interviewed over 80 senior executives from organisations across the global food and agribusiness industry in order to identify on going and recent trends within the sector.
14-11-2014 01:30 AM | Viewed 949 times

UK wholesale milk production figures - October 2014

The United Kingdom wholesale milk deliveries totalled 1,155.4 million litres in October, the seventh month of the new milk year, figures released by the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) show. At the same time last year this figure was 1,088.2 million litres. The cumulative total for the year is now 8,558.8 million litres. At the same point in 2013 this figure was 7,933.7 million litres. The wholesale delivery figures have not been adjusted for butterfat content and all figures are provisional. The RPA relies on individual purchasers to provide the data, which is supplied ‘subject to confirmation’ and may be amended.
13-11-2014 12:06 PM | Viewed 658 times

RenewableUK Small and Medium Wind Strategy

The current and future potential of the sub-500kW wind industry in the UK
11-11-2014 10:48 AM | Viewed 649 times

SEPRA Market Report - 7th November 2014

Wow... and that’s not all, the market is literately in shock, there has been a big increase in demand with the wetter colder weather, plus the change in the clocks which has triggered a degree of panic as the eggs are just not available.   Under these circumstances this usually brings in a lot of Continental eggs to fill the demand in the cheaper wholesale market, but our friend over there is saying that egg supplies are tight and getting tighter.   The big retailers will be desperately trying to hold down egg prices as they are one of the commodities being used in their price wars, for as long as the big packers have the eggs to supply them.   For unfortunately when the wholesale price goes high because of supply and demand (shortage of eggs as is happening now) and the supermarkets suppress the price, the cafés and restaurants simply buy from them, increasing volume to the supermarket and cash and carry suppliers. The question is where are the big packers going to get the eggs from? Already we hear of packers experiencing drops in production from contracted Free Range producers. Is it the cold weather..? Or is it white van man with cash in hand and Christmas coming? Feed prices are moving up again with a good bit more to come. Raw grain prices have shown quite a steep increase since harvest, with arable farmers loathed to sell at below cost prices, the lack of volume coming on to the market plus a very sizeable export of wheat to the USA of all places (coals to Newcastle comes to mind) but it is cheaper to ship grain across the Atlantic to east coast mills as trans America.   Our congratulations to David and Helen Brass and the team at the Lakes Free Range on winning the Farmers Weekly Poultry Farmer of the year award for the second time, although based in Penrith they have production in Scotland which is marketed as SCO eggs.
03-11-2014 10:44 AM | Viewed 887 times

SEPRA Market Report - 31st October 2014

Market, the Free Range cupboard appears to be bare, nobody seems to have spare, there is a lot of short ordering particularly in England and that is before the increase in demand post clocks changing kicks in. Although prices have firmed up again this week it looks like there is more to follow, packers contracted to supermarkets are starting to get seriously worried about supplies. This is before the winter increase in demand and are wondering where the eggs will be for the Christmas demand which will kick in over the next few weeks.   There are French eggs on offer as low as 65p if you can find a customer to buy them, but FR on the ID does not mean Free Range.   Poultry Club of Scotland Dinner, excellent as usual after dinner speaker was extremely good, and we make no excuse for including the presentation speech for the Howie/Surgenor cup made by Chris Baxter, this was the first time it was presented to a lady not one but two of them, Sally Solomon and Maureen Bain. These two ladies have worked quietly behind the scenes but their contribution to the worlds poultry industry has been major, a lot of the improvements in shelling and presentation plus the understanding of the amazing engineering that goes into an egg shell, that has been used by the breeders, is from them.     This is the presentation speech made by Chris Baxter sales Director Harbro   It is my honour this year, on behalf of the Poultry Club of Scotland, to present the Howie Surgenor Cup  Last year’s worthy winner was John Retson who passionately believes in and works for the Scottish and UK poultry industry, and it was great to see his tireless efforts rewarded last year. This year’s winner has also made an outstanding contribution to Scotland’s Poultry industry and to the wider world. She graduated with an Honours Degree in Zoology from the University of Glasgow and was duly appointed Junior Lecturer in the Department of Veterinary Histology.  Over the years she progressed from Lecturer, to Senior Lecturer, and to Professor and Head of Unit.  She was awarded the Gordon Medal in recognition of her services to Poultry Science. She has provided specialist knowledge and advice to the Scottish Industry on Egg formation and shell quality, her knowledge and advice helped the poultry industry around the world to change for the better and to deal with the challenges that have faced us over the years. Before I announce the name of the worthy winner I need to say for the first time ever we have joint winners of the Howie Surgenor Cup, you could say we have a double yolker this year!!  The first of the winners is Professor Sally Solomon who unfortunately can’t join us here tonight as I believe she is recovering in France from a small operation; our best wishes go to Sally.  Our other winner also graduated with an Honours Degree in Zoology from the University of Glasgow and with funding from the British Egg Marketing Board Trust, she began her Ph.D. under the supervision of Professor Sally Solomon, undaunted this other talented person threw herself into the discipline of Mechanical Engineering in an attempt to explain the mechanism of eggshell failure.  Working in collaboration with the Roslin Institute this person has developed molecular tools to improve selection for egg quality traits which are otherwise too expensive or difficult to measure. These tools offer, breeding companies, new exciting opportunities to select hens that lay stronger eggs. She has gone on to produce many publications on this subject and her work has helped our global industry understand and develop new commercial practices in breeding, nutrition, health and management of poultry.  Following graduation our second winner took up the position as Junior Lecturer at the Glasgow Veterinary School.  A permanent post followed and since that time this person has also progressed from Lecturer, to Senior Lecturer to Professor.  As an author, editor and speaker our joint winner has received global recognition for her work in the poultry industry. She is also a board member of British Poultry Science. Our other joint winner, Ladies and gentlemen, is Professor Maureen Bain who I’m glad to say is with us tonight. In their attempt to encourage the industry to become involved in the factors influencing eggshell quality, Professor Solomon and Professor Bain began a series of in house workshops.  Their effectiveness resulted in them both being recognised with the first ever Education Award from The World Poultry Science Association. In the past few years they have reached audiences throughout Europe as well as Malaysia, Thailand, Russia, Morocco, Turkey and the U.S.A. Prof Sally Solomon and Prof Maureen Bain have had a phenomenal impact on the Scottish , UK and World Poultry industries and a bit like the proclaimers they are a treasured Scottish duo that have gone global.  The Poultry Club of Scotland is immensely honoured to give the Howie-Surgenor Cup for outstanding contribution to the Scottish Poultry Industry and beyond, to Professor Sally Solomon and Professor Maureen Bain. I would ask our joint winner Professor Maureen Bain to join me on the stage to receive the award.  Ladies and Gentlemen - Professor Maureen Bain