Farmgate Hatcheries makes key promotion
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by Poultry Network
10m ago
FARMGATE HATCHERIES has announced the promotion of Damian Kowalski to assistant hatchery manager. FarmGate Hatcheriesis, part of the Kelly Turkeys group, that supplies 1.5 million poults a year to seasonal producers. See also: Buying seasonal turkey feed? Explore the Precision Agri feed purchasing service His career at Kelly Turkeys began eight years ago when he met his partner, who was already working there. “With her support and encouragement, I decided to join the team,” he said. “Like many, I started at the lowest level, gaining valuable ex ..read more
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‘Little movement’ in egg market over summer season
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by Poultry Network
3d ago
There has been little real movement in the egg market as the trade moves deeper into the summer season. Wholesale prices for both colony and free-range eggs drifted a little lower during the past month, but this is typical of the more subdued pattern of summer demand. See also: Barney Kay named Noble Foods agriculture director  Free-range prices have lost around 30p/doz since they peaked in March but are still at historically high levels. Colony prices at wholesale have generally stabilised at the levels of two years ago (see chart). There has been no significant rise in supplies, wi ..read more
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£50k fine for poultry farmer for falsifying salmonella certificates
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by Poultry Network
3d ago
A POULTRY farmer has received a substantial fine at Bath Magistrates Court on Wednesday, July 3, after pleading guilty to offences under the Food Safety and Hygiene (England) Regulations 2013 and the Animal Health Act 1981. Stuart Perkins of SG Perkins Ltd, 38, from Radstock, and SG Perkins Ltd were sentenced to a fine of £5,000 for each FSA offence, £3,500 for each local authority offence, costs amounting to £21,810.75, plus a victim surcharge of £2,000, which came to a total of £50,830.75. See also: Global poultry markets return to more ‘normal’ conditions The Food Standards Agency (FSA ..read more
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Farmer views sought over assurance schemes
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by Poultry Network
3d ago
FARMERS are being encouraged to make their views heard in two surveys launched to assess assurance and inspection regimes. An independent review of UK farm assurance schemes is seeking views, as is the NFU – on RSPCA Assured’s changes to its standards for laying hens. See also: ‘Little movement’ in egg market over summer season The independent review was commissioned by the UK’s farming unions and the AHDB and is headed up by David Llewellyn CBE, a former vice chancellor of Harper Adams University. It is examining: How farm assurance can deliver value back to scheme members. How standard ..read more
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How supplementation can mitigate the risk of high temperatures on poultry farms
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by Poultry Network
5d ago
Luke Barnard, Cargill technical poultry application specialist   In 2024, a prolonged dull, wet and colder spring switched fairly quickly into warmer, drier conditions in many parts of the UK. And in late June, temperatures increased by as much as 10C within 48 hours in some areas. This creates different challenges when it comes to managing the poultry-house environment, and erratic weather patterns, with some extremes at times, push the system to its limits and show up weaknesses that can manifest in bird performance. There is no typical ‘blueprint’ to follow to prevent this, and each ..read more
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Barney Kay named Noble Foods agriculture director
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by Poultry Network
1w ago
NOBLE FOODS has appointed Barney Kay as the company’s new agriculture director. In this role, Mr Kay will be responsible for the network of over 200 dedicated producers, the team of regional performance managers, plus the development of Noble Foods’ agricultural sustainability strategy.  See also: Laying Hen Housing grants open for applications Mr Kay joins from Amber Real Estates (part of Boparan Private Office), where he held the position of agriculture strategy and supply chain director. During his tenure, he supported the business’s transition to higher welfare chicken production ..read more
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Poultrymeat consumption down but home-production improves
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by Poultry Network
1w ago
UK consumption of poultrymeat dropped sharply in the first quarter of this year, despite a slight rise in home production. The latest figures from Defra show that total poultrymeat supplies entering the market during January-March from all sources (broilers, turkeys, old hens etc) were down by 89,000 tonnes compared with the same period last year, to 521,000 tonnes (standardised as bone-in carcase weight). See also: Poultry feed market calms after spike in May This marks a fall of 14.6% on a year earlier, and is the lowest level of quarterly consumption for more than three years. At the s ..read more
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Avian influenza in Europe: Cases lower, but surveillance remains important
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by Poultry Network
1w ago
EUROPE’S food safety authority, Efsa, has said continued surveillance for avian influenza will remain important despite cases dropping to low levels. The lowest number of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) cases in poultry and wild birds since 2019/2020 has been recorded by authorities on the continent. See also: 3 top tips to optimise broiler drinker systems The latest quarterly report covers 16 March-14 June this year, and Efsa said the improved situation could be linked to several factors. “These may include: immunity developed by wild birds following previous infection; reductio ..read more
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Global poultry markets return to more ‘normal’ conditions
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by Poultry Network
1w ago
RABOBANK has painted a positive picture of global poultry markets, reporting that consumption is growing and many markets are demonstrating “disciplined supply growth”. See also: Aldi latest retailer to cut broiler stocking densities to 30kg/ sq m After four years of highly disruptive conditions, global poultry markets are moving toward more “normal” market conditions, Rabobank’s latest analysis says. Despite a 2% increase in global chicken prices, it remains a competitively priced protein option, as prices of pork and beef have increased by 4% and 5%, respectively. However, operations re ..read more
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Aldi latest retailer to cut broiler stocking densities to 30kg/ sq m
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by Poultry Network
1w ago
ALDI has become the latest retailer to cut broiler stocking densities for broilers to 30kg/sq m, following Tesco making the same announcement last week. The supermarket said the change would be complete by the end of October this year, giving birds 20% more space than the previous UK standard of 38kg/sq m. See also: 3 top tips to optimise broiler drinker systems In addition to Tesco, the Co-op, Morrison’s and Lidl have announced the switch to 30kg in the past year, with Marks & Spencer and Waitrose signed up to the full ‘Better Chicken Commitment’. It means a majority of British chick ..read more
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