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BFREPA calls for early review of beak trimming
The British Free Range Egg Producers Association (BFREPA) is calling for the government to bring forward its review of beak trimming and not to impose a ban on the practice. Currently, Defra is planning to review the evidence in 2015, based on the findings of Bristol University's trials into non-bea...
Placing chicks demands skills and knowledge
Broiler chicks undergo a stressful time from the moment of hatch up to their placement on the farm. That final moment of putting them in the house, also demands special skills of the placement team. Knowledge is just as important. By Ken Marshall, poultry consultant, Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa ...
Scottish farmer wins top Cobb flock award
The award for the top Cobb flock for Europe, Middle East and Africa has been won for the fourth year running by the UK – this time going to Scottish farmer Mark Robson of Pressen Hill Farm, Kelso, Roxburghshire. The award is based on results from more than 40 million Cobb500 parent stock placed in ...
Breeder age to determine incubation settings
Eggs from breeder flocks of different ages, have a difference in composition. As a result, embryonic energy utilisation and heat production are different. This is worth taking into account to optimise incubation settings, thus achieving high hatchery performances and good chick quality. ...