A small natural egg farm in South Devon has been advised it’s appearing illegally in its efforts to guard its hens from hen flu.
Jeremy Saunders and his household have 6,000 laying hens in 10 cellular homes plus 1,200 pullets in two cellular items and 1,200 chicks in two fastened sheds in Stokeinteignhead close to Newton Abbot.
Manufacturing of top of the range, excessive welfare natural eggs is the first enterprise.
There are a selection of notifiable outbreak circumstances near the farm – three at simply over 10km and Paignton Zoo, beneath 10km away. Plus, there are numerous numbers of lifeless wild birds persevering with to clean up on close by seashores.
Due to these elevated dangers, the Saunders determined to accommodate their hens quickly in a bid to guard them.
Nevertheless, the Defra Egg Inspector after which the Soil Affiliation have advised the household that this breaks egg advertising and marketing legislation.
Jeremy mentioned: “We had been totally amazed and bewildered by this stance which reveals completely no understanding of the stress and severe penalties of dwelling with avian flu on our doorstep.
“We knowledgeable each events out of courtesy and had been anticipating to be applauded for doing the precise factor, taking the one wise choices accessible to us, going past the comparatively minimal and ineffective Defra precautions, to try to guard our hens and due to this fact our enterprise and our livelihood – to not be advised we’re doing the mistaken factor and in breach of egg advertising and marketing and natural advertising and marketing laws, each with completely no room for flexibility or tolerance.”
Each Soil Affiliation and Defra legalisation prohibit advertising and marketing eggs as ‘natural’ and ‘free-range’, respectively, until a Housing Order is in place.
Jeremy continued: “That is totally ridiculous and non-customer thoughtful.
“For the final 4 winters we now have had enforced housing orders of 16 weeks or extra with only a few avian flu circumstances within the nation and none in our locality. Housing our hens is totally our final resort and never what we might select to do.
“So now with avian flu ranges manner past earlier years and on our doorstep, to be advised to not home our hens appears completely contradictory.
“If our hens had been inside 3km of a declared outbreak we might be enforced to accommodate them. We now have circumstances in wild birds inside lots of of metres. Not classifying the lifeless sea birds as an outbreak and never making use of the identical guidelines makes Defra stance completely contradictory, unsympathetic and bureaucratic.
“If we are able to save our hens from contracting avian flu it’ll save the, little question stretched DEFRA sources, from having one other case to take care of and the price of compensation and so forth.
“The Soil Affiliation are being equally ‘awkward’ and require us to not market our eggs as Natural, even though our clients are completely supportive and understanding. But if we needed to home them on account of ‘extreme climate’ this could be acceptable. Once more, this appears unreasonable.”
Jeremy is asking Defra and the Soil Affiliation to be proactive with farmers in these distinctive instances. and he’s encouraging others to foyer their native MP and Defra.