LHWF knowledge exchange visits.

Laying Hen Welfare Forum (LHWF) Study Tour to Austria (4 – 5 June 2019)

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Measure, monitor & manage feather cover
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How is your feather cover measuring up?
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What management strategies are other producers using to maintain feather cover?
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What changes do other producers make to improve hen welfare? Find out here



Feather Pecking extension guidelines

Extension guidelines on Feather Pecking were developed by the Hennovation project to provide veterinarians and advisors with up to date technical knowledge.

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Learn about practice led innovation to improve feather cover

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Further drop in antibiotic use and resistance

The latest government VARSS report for antibiotic use during 2018 for farm animals shows a continuing downward trend – half the use of 2014. The pig and poultry sectors are at the forefront of the UK’s success in reducing antibiotic use in farm producing species. The poultry sector has led the way, decreasing use by 80% since 2012. BEIC collects data regarding antibiotic use in layers.

Posted on: 08 December 2019

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Yorkshire Egg Producers discuss feather cover

General challenges in egg production and ways of maintaining feather cover were discussed at the January meeting at a workshop run by the Laying Hen Welfare Forum. Key concerns were disease challenges, litter quality and ventilation. Providing enrichments, including pecking blocks, was found to be useful by many producers to maintain feather cover.

Posted on: 14 February 2020


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The work of the Laying Hen Welfare Forum is part funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development