New free range egg laws come into effect on 1 January 2012 and the UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) is advising that all animals including chickens, pigs, dogs, fish and poultry must be managed on pasture based land, including hay, coops and other ‘wild’ land. This requirement will ensure all animals are able to feed themselves, but in the case of livestock, must not be restricted to a particular place within their home range.
A UK government report says that free range eggs require much lower energy costs than a conventional chicken flock with the result being that more and more food 바카라is being produced every year by those confined to egg crates. The government believes that such a policy could pro바카라vide „over 40% of the UK’s meat and eggs in less than five years“, as the report says that by 2011 all production of chicken, pork, lamb and fish and the equivalent of 70% of all milk and cheese production is expected to go on a sustainable diet using pasture-raised animals and not on feed produced by animals housed on farms.
In the past, cage-free egg production on farms using organic feed, water free of antibiotics, and manure treated with a trace amount of nitrogen and phosphorous made headlines, but this is the first free range egg to be rolled out in Great Britain. „All the eggs we have in stock have been grown on organic (non-chemical, non-thejarvees.comrmal) pasture and we would like to have them on our farm. This should take two to three years but our farmers want to see our animals as close to our farms as possible,“ says a spokesperson for the farm, „We are offering free range hen in a barn and chicken in a large open pen with plenty of room for exercise.“ The farmers will also offer free range pigs, as the chickens will be kept in separate sheds to help them get used to the environment.
One of the other things that was recently announced in the UK was the reintroduction of chickens with an estimated 50 million chickens around the world who are being forced to live on a ‘free range’ system due to a recent study at University College London into the potential health risks of these animals. The study found that the average male and female chicken (known as an ‘ecological chicken’ to the poultry industry) will grow up to 3cm more than a typical chicken with these chickens fed ‘free range chicken litter’. As chickens are expected to live more than three to five years, the study also found that over 30,000 extra birds are required to meet current human foo