Saturday, April 06, 2013

UK producers may be selling up

There are indications that free range egg producers in the UK may be selling up and getting out of the industry.

After a decade of consistent growth, the last two years have been very difficult for the free range egg sector.

Poor prices for eggs and soaring feed costs have exerted fierce financial pressure on free range producers, and it would appear that some producers have had enough.

If the Australian Egg Corporation had succeeded with its push for outdoor stocking densities of 20,000 hens per hectare to be classified as free range, many family farms in Australia would have been destroyed. If Coles gets acceptance for its 10,000 per hectare density the same thing may happen.

More details about the situation in the UK at:

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