Aberystwyth University’s free range egg supplier Birchgrove Eggs is feeding its laying hens with UK-grown lupins, to replace imported soya in their diet.
Birchgrove supplies the university with over 4,000 eggs per week and, in a commercial trial for a research project with scientists at the Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS), it’s feeding hens a layers mash where most of the protein component is provided by yellow lupins, instead of the usual soya protein.
Soya traditionally makes up a considerable percentage of poultry feed and using a home-grown alternative, which doesn’t affect egg quality, contributes to assured provenance and sustainability.
After a year or two spent chopping and changing show venues, the Ashdown Forest Poultry Club is pleased to announce that it’ll be returning to the favoured Goward Hall in Cade Street, near Heathfield, for its Autumn Show on December 1st.
This event will also include the Appenzeller Spitzhauben and Sussex Breed Club Regional shows, and those interested in taking part should note that the deadline for applications is November 20th.
Award-winning grow-your-own event, The Edible Garden Show, is putting down new roots at London’s spectacular Alexandra Palace in March 2014, in a move to bring the popular show to new audiences around the country.
The event was launched in response to the grow-your-own revolution sweeping the country, as many more people are choosing healthier and greener options to be incorporated into their lives.
The organisers will be putting the emphasis squarely on a sustainable lifestyle for 2014, so not only will visitors be able to learn about ‘plot to plate’, but the show, which takes place on March 28-30th, will also be bursting with ideas about greener energy solutions for your home and garden.
Regular readers will recall the recent news item about the UK introduction of the Heka range of top quality incubators and hatchers from Germany. Well, things have moved on since then and now, thanks to the launch of the UK website (www.heka-incubators.co.uk), the full enormity of this extensive product range is there for all to see.
We’ve sampled the quality of these machines first hand, and can vouch for the thought and care that’s evidently gone into their design and manufacture.
They really do appear to be superbly well made and, with prices starting at £395 and egg capacities ranging from 90 right up to 2,500, these machines are aimed squarely at breeders who really care about the chicks they hatch and rear.