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2020 will be a challenging year for members battling against an unsustainable egg price, especially when margins have been conceded to the discounters.
We will shortly have sight of the new Lion Code with anticipated changes to AI and Salmonella control and testing – we will share our thoughts on this in the next Ranger.
Whilst we expect Insurance could be mandatory there is some rumours of discounts being negotiated with underwriters. This issue needs to be resolved ASAP, no one should be in any doubt that insurance is essential given the growing concerns and recent outbreaks in Northern Ireland of Low Path AI.
BFREPA congratulates the Government on their overwhelming landslide victory and look forward to working together on the many issues that affect egg production.
One of which is ensuring that our egg market is protected from cheap, welfare inferior products in the preparations to leave the EU and in negotiations for trade agreements with other countries.
As we welcome in the final year of this decade, for egg producers Salmonella, Avian Influenza and reducing margins, has made 2019 a truly unforgettable forgettable year.
The road to a 2025 cage-free future is starting to unfold as the retailers nail their commitments to a production method.
Sainsbury’s have joined the band of retailers committing to free range, whilst Tesco – working together with the BEIC and CIWF – have agreed a standard which will give barn an identity. The CIWF have told the industry that whilst they have approved a standard it doesn’t mean that they will not campaign against barn in the future, so a barn standard does not give barn a clear run with animal charities.
As a result of this development, free range has its point of difference, but it remains to be seen how that point of difference will play out with the free range market.