Egg producers are ‘pushed to the brink’ by feed costs

MORRISONS BRINGS BACK PICK-YOUR-OWN LOCAL FREE RANGE EGGS'' ''- Customers can select their own eggs -''- Eggs can be bought in a box of one, up to a tray of 30 -'' ''Supermarket Morrisons is to bring back a 'farm shop style' pick-your-own local eggs stand in 200 of its stores across the country.[i]'' ''Customers will be able to select their own free range hens eggs ' based on their size, colour, shape and speckles. They will also be able to buy anything from one single egg in a recycled box, to thirty eggs in a tray.'' ''Morrisons is launching the stand to reassure customers that their eggs won't be cracked, or smaller than expected.'' ''The free range hens eggs will be sourced by Morrisons from farms from across Britain.[ii]''  ''The pick-your-own scheme will also help cater for smaller or larger households and reduce waste. Currently diary and eggs account for 9 per cent of food thrown away in the home.[iv]''  ''So that they are easy to find, Morrisons pick-your-own eggs will be located on special stands in
MORRISONS BRINGS BACK PICK-YOUR-OWN LOCAL FREE RANGE EGGS'' ''- Customers can select their own eggs -''- Eggs can be bought in a box of one, up to a tray of 30 -'' ''Supermarket Morrisons is to bring back a 'farm shop style' pick-your-own local eggs stand in 200 of its stores across the country.[i]'' ''Customers will be able to select their own free range hens eggs ' based on their size, colour, shape and speckles. They will also be able to buy anything from one single egg in a recycled box, to thirty eggs in a tray.'' ''Morrisons is launching the stand to reassure customers that their eggs won't be cracked, or smaller than expected.'' ''The free range hens eggs will be sourced by Morrisons from farms from across Britain.[ii]'' ''The pick-your-own scheme will also help cater for smaller or larger households and reduce waste. Currently diary and eggs account for 9 per cent of food thrown away in the home.[iv]'' ''So that they are easy to find, Morrisons pick-your-own eggs will be located on special stands in

Free range egg producers are calling for an immediate price increase as the cost of feed continues to rise.

Dry weather has caused poor crop yields across Europe’s major wheat-growing countries and the knock-on effect is being felt by egg producers with some reporting a 50% increase in feed costs.

With many producers paying about £270 per tonne of feed, a medium-sized business is facing feed bills which are £40,000 more per flock than at the start of the year.

Robert Gooch, chief executive of the British Free Range Egg Producers Association, says the situation is unsustainable and has called for an egg price rise to soften the impact.

“Free range egg producers have been exposed to huge levels of volatility caused by this hot, dry weather,” he said.

“Last month we saw tough market conditions drive a major business with 17 producers out of business and I fear there will be more.

“Every time the price of feed rises, the small margin producers make is eroded and it doesn’t take much to turn profit into loss.”

Mr Gooch added that a price rise is desperately needed in the short term but retailers must help prevent a repeat of the situation by offering contracts which link the price of feed with the price of eggs.

“Retailers must ensure producers have the option of a contract under which the price of feed is reflected in the price they receive for their product,” he said.

“When the feed price drops, so does the price they pay for eggs, and vice-versa.

“Some retailers and their packers should be applauded for successfully implementing these contracts but it needs to be offered across the board like it is in the broiler and pig sectors.”