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Some discounter contracts are due for renewal in September, so those members supplying those packers should expect to see price rises following earlier promises.
The egg industry typically sees a lull in August, and this month has been no exception. I am still concerned that the egg price is STILL at least 10 pence below where you would expect it to be considering the demand and circumstances. If we are to have any confidence in the pricing structure, it has to work on the rise as well as the decline and in the same timely manner.
During lockdown planning applications ground to a halt, but there is evidence that they are on the increase again.
BFREPA offers a service to members who want to be informed of any relevant poultry planning data. Our planning information comes in the form of two emails a week, and members can request to be placed on the email list by contacting the Ranger office.
While some new members are willing to invest in free range production, we need to see confidence return to existing members if packers and retailers want to see their paused planning applications brought back to life. Existing members are all too wary of how short-term incentives quickly dissipate back to an unsustainable level.
While the BFREPA steering committee has met since lockdown, BFREPA council meet for the first-time using zoom technology at the beginning of July. Twenty members in a virtual room will be a challenge, but there is much to discuss.
BFREPA has responded robustly to accusations from the Sunday Times that free range producers are responsible for pollution in the River Wye. As usual, these stories tend to follow a predetermined agenda, and despite correcting some inaccuracies and disputing some of the claims that free range is responsible, the article’s theme concentrated on free range egg production.
Together with ForFarmers we have signed off on the BFREPA Awards and Conference for the 29th and 30th September 2021 at the Birmingham Hilton Metropole. As soon as all the speaker and stand information are finalised, we shall be in touch with exhibitors. 2021 will be a busy year with the Pig and Poultry Show rescheduled for May 2021.