Call for compromise over free range
PUBLISHED: 10:45 12 May 2008 | UPDATED: 08:25 28 March 2014
MAY 12, 2008: Poultry farmers are not able to meet the growing demand for
free-range eggs because of over-strict RSPCA standards on stocking
density, according to industry experts.
Chief poultry adviser for the NFU, Robert Newbery, said the extra burden on UK poultry farmers, compared to the EU, was preventing farmers from expanding production to meet growing demand and encouraging imports.
Mr Newbery said the NFU was in talks with the RSPCA over increasing the stocking density to 2,000 birds per hectare to allow British farmers to meet public demand for free range eggs.
Alice Clark, an RSPCA farm animal scientist, said the group would listen to all new evidence.