EIP Agri project – Maintaining Feather Cover

Purpose

The LWHF is trialling on 29 flocks innovative ways of maintaining feather cover in laying hens. The need to reduce the levels of injurious pecking is clear, for high levels can be associated with increased mortality and feed use, and reduced hen welfare.

The LHWF consists of the following Operational Group:

Andrew Joret (Chairman) – BEIC

Mark Williams – BEIC

Stonegate Farmers representative

Claire Weeks – University of Bristol

David Brass – The Lakes Free Range Egg Company

Gary Ford – NFU

Robert Gooch – BFREPA

RSPCA representative

Stephen Lister – Poultry Veterinary Surgeon

Defra representative

AHPA representative

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Part funded by

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