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Map: Avian influenza incidence across the UK 2016-17

Farmers Weekly At 142 years old, it is no surprise that Poultry World has changed periodically throughout its history. Many readers will remember it being a weekly publication; it is unlikely any will remember it being known as The Fanciers’ Gazette, having changed its name in 1906. Poultry World’s reputation for independent journalism, market reporting […]

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Map: Avian influenza incidence across UK 2016-17

Farmers Weekly The H5N8 strain of avian influenza that has spread across Europe now appears to be well established in the UK. Poultry World has tracked each incident of the virus (see map below) being discovered in wild birds, commercial and backyard poultry flocks. This map will be regularly updated as new outbreaks occur. See […]

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Helen Skelton joins celeb lineup promoting eggs in 2017

Farmers Weekly Former Blue Peter presenter Helen Skelton has been recruited by British Lion eggs for its £1m marketing campaign in 2017. She joins chef Simon Rimmer and former The Only Way Is Essex star and health and fitness evangelist Lucy Mecklenburgh to form a “trio of top celebrities” supporting egg consumption. See also: Egg sales continue […]

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Defra extends poultry housing order

Farmers Weekly Defra has extended its housing order for poultry, first put in place on 6 December, to 28 February. It reflects the continued risk wild birds are to commercial poultry flocks; the disease was detected over the Christmas period before being discovered in a backyard flock of Chickens on 3 December. See also: Bird flu […]

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H5N8 bird flu spreads to Welsh backyard poultry

Farmers Weekly The H5N8 strain of avian influenza found in wild birds across the UK and on a Lincolnshire turkey farm has been discovered in backyard chickens and ducks in Carmarthenshire. Wales’ chief veterinary officer Christine Glossop said the flock had been culled as a precaution before confirmation of the virus late on Tuesday (3 January). […]

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Fine for halal slaughterhouse that scalded live poultry

Farmers Weekly A poultry slaughterhouse has been fined for failing to stun or slaughter birds before they entered scalding tanks, which are designed to loosen feathers of dead birds before plucking. Halal chicken supplier 1Stop Halal was fined £8,000 and ordered to pay costs of £6,000 after it was found in breach of standards at […]

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Outlook 2017: Can rising demand sustain poultry prices?

Farmers Weekly Many farmers have entered the egg production sector over the past few years because of strong demand. However, egg prices will need to remain robust in 2017 or margins will come under some pressure, says Andersons consultant Blaise TerHarr. “Over the past six to seven years the UK industry has grown, with output in […]

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Managing gut health in broilers explained

Farmers Weekly 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 growth and the corresponding feed conversion ratios put enormous pressure on the digestive system of the birds from the very first day of […]

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Tips for managing an organic poultry system

Farmers Weekly As extensive poultry farming becomes more commonplace in developed countries, farmers need to rise to the challenge of meeting birds’ nutritional needs and managing increased disease risk. That’s according to the recent Defra-funded Farming Future desk study, a review of recent scientific reports related to keeping poultry in organic systems. One objective of the […]

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Eurotier: Top new products for poultry farmers

Farmers Weekly Eurotier in Hannover is the world’s largest trade fair for livestock, and this year there was a particular focus on poultry. Innovative products on display included an award-winning ammonia monitor, feed supplements to reduce reliance on antibiotics, a natural beak smoothing feed pan and a silo cleaning robot. See our round-up of some […]

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