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22 February 2005 | News
Free range eggs, better all round

Picture: Spot the difference? Free range on the right Free range eggs are not only better they’re rounder as well. This extraordinary finding comes...


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21 February 2005 | News
How multi-tier won RSPCA support

The RSPCA has decided that multi-tier systems can become a key weapon in its battle to get cages banned from Britain completely by 2012. In its lob...


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22 February 2005 | News
Aviaries and the future of free range

Picture: The top tier of Vencomatic’s aviary system Crucial decisions about the future of aviary systems in Britain are due to be made in the comin...


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23 January 2005 | News
‘Bac’ teria to Basics – Pasteurella and Erysipelas

When we think of bacterial infections in free range poultry E.coli comes to mind. This is the most common bacteria isolated from the all too common co...


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23 January 2005 | Feed and Forage,News
Deans expands its feed sales

Egg packer Deans is set to expand its feed operation by seeking new customers in the east and west of England. The company currently has five feed ...


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23 January 2005 | News
Packer goes for the ‘look-good’ factor

If producers were of the mind that their businesses couldn’t possibly be subjected to further scrutiny, then Deans’ latest auditing procedure will com...


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23 January 2005 | News
ADAS plans extra red mite workshops

Two additional dates have been added to the programme of red mite workshops being run by ADAS. The Defra funded events—entitled ‘Effective control ...


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23 January 2005 | News
Rick Stein backs new RSPCA website

A website aimed at helping consumers identify welfare-friendly products has been launched by the RSPCA. Called ‘The Conscientious Consumer’ the sit...


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23 January 2005 | News
Free range does not escape price drop

Picture caption. Retail sales of all eggs are down At least one packer has dropped its free range producer price in the face of an over-supplied eg...


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23 January 2005 | News
Uproar over ‘half organic’ pullet rule

A new rule for ‘half organic’ pullets will bring upheaval and massive extra costs to the sector by the end of the year. The regulation means that a...


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22 December 2004 | News
Free range gets new bird with an old name

A new brown egg layer—bred specifically for alternative systems—will be available in the UK from January. The ISA WARREN has been selected over t...


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22 December 2004 | News
First 5 in 1 poultry vaccine launched

Intervet has launched the UK’s first inactivated 5 in 1 vaccine for protection against some of the most common disease challenges encountered in layer...


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22 December 2004 | News
Call for organic “revolt” by consumers

The Soil Association has called for a consumer revolt over organic stocking rates. As reported in the Ranger the Soil Association is furious at the...


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22 December 2004 | News
Deans honour top earning flocks

Six free range producers with the highest earning flocks have once again been honoured by Deans at the packer’s annual producer roadshows. Selectin...


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22 December 2004 | News
National press advertising for Freedom Food

Freedom Food has embarked on a national press advertising campaign in the run up to Christmas. The aim is to raise consumer awareness and understa...



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22 December 2004 | News
Caterers urged to use Lion eggs only

A major campaign has been launched to try and persuade caterers to only use Lion quality eggs. The move follows recent outbreaks of salmonella pois...


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22 December 2004 | News
Packer trials plastic egg trays

Egg packer Deans is considering a switch to plastic trays to overcome problems associated with the traditional pulp-type keyes tray. The main compl...


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22 December 2004 | News
Competition for old hens cuts charges

Egg producers are facing lower charges for flock disposal following competition between old hen processors. HFC Poultry—who took over the Bradford ...


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22 December 2004 | News
EU tests for Avian flu not compulsory

Free range producers whose flocks are selected at random to undergo a test for low pathogenic AI do not have to agree to it. In September the Rang...


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22 December 2004 | News
Christmas pull tightens egg market

The gloom surrounding the egg market has lifted in the run-up to Christmas but it may only be temporary, warn the packers. As packers build stocks ...


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22 November 2004 | News
Infectious Bronchitis vaccination in lay - is it necessary?

Previous articles in the Ranger have discussed Infectious Bronchitis virus (IBV) and its variants. This disease was first identified in America in the...


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22 November 2004 | News
Give homeopathic remedies a chance!

By Fran Vesey The book review in last month’s Ranger carried a somewhat sceptical view of the notion that farm animals can be successfully treated wi...


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22 November 2004 | News
A splash of colour in the hen house

When BFREPA members Nick and Sarah Spence open the hen house door they are now greeted to the colourful sight of a flock of Cotswold Legbars and Burfo...


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22 November 2004 | News,Poultry Husbandry,Organic
Stepping over another organic hurdle

By Peter Whitehouse Last year experts were warning that a total ban on the use of synthetic amino acids in organic layer diets would lead to disast...


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22 November 2004 | News
New ray of hope in pecking battle

Picture: 13 week old pullet having undergone latest infra-red beak treatment A new beak tipping system, based on an infra-red beam, may offer new h...


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22 November 2004 | News
Co-op revolution wins Good Egg Award

The Co-op has staged a free range revolution in its stores across Britain. In just six years it has transformed the free range share of its total eggs...


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22 November 2004 | News,Poulty
Packers cut prices to curb expansion

An over-supplied eggs market and a slowing down of retail sales is being blamed for a cut in producer prices by the country’s top two packers. The ...



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