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The short-term future for egg production as we head out of lockdown looks steady. Over the last month, we have seen some increases in prices from packers, and as the food sector begins to come out of lockdown, we should see a tightening in the market.
Brexit issues, which would have been more prominent in the news, have hit the seconds market. The EU’s requirement for farm seconds to be marked with Producer Establishment Number, Class B indicator, and ISO code ‘GB’ has effectively ended that market. There was no agreement on specific pathogen-free (SPF) requirements, meaning that the UK is now treated as a third country by the EU. Unless the EU reduces their SPF barriers, the market for seconds to the EU is no longer an option.
Monthly magazines in a fast-moving world of pandemics and viruses prove to be out of date quicker than it takes the thud of the Ranger landing on the doormat to reverberate around the house.
A covid outbreak at the printers and the mailing house meant the February Ranger magazine was delayed, and for that, we apologise. We will continue to publish the Ranger immediately online every time, but there is no substitute for a hard copy. Hopefully, the issue will not arise again, but sometimes they are just out of our control.
Avian Influenza has been a major test of our bio-security; by the time Royal Mail finally delivers your Ranger magazine we will be almost halfway through the 16 weeks whereby free range eggs can maintain their marketing status.
Avian Influenza has been a major test of our bio-security; by the time Royal Mail finally delivers your Ranger magazine we will be almost halfway through the 16 weeks whereby free range eggs can maintain their marketing status. I hope that we will be able to exit the housing order within the 16 week time scale, but it is a risk-based decision, and the science will determine the risk. The contingency plan used during the last housing order will undoubtedly kick in if needed, and BFREPA will do what we can to assist members with labelling.