The British Free Range Egg Producers’ Association (BFREPA) is set to take place online on the 30th of September and will focus on what the future could hold for the sector’s producers. Organised in partnership with ForFarmers, the conference typically attracts hundreds of farmers and delegates from across the industry and is set to tack issues around transitioning to non-beak-tipped flocks, farming’s sustainability credentials and improving range management.
Several producers will share experiences with non-beak-tipped birds, while views from vets and members of the Laying Hen Welfare Forum will also be heard. There will also be news on the BFREPA’s free-range sustainability initiative, which is being led by Heather Webb, environment consultant at Promar International.
The project will reveal how management practices impact carbon emissions, providing a framework for how the industry can become more sustainable. Speakers will set out the relationship between free-range egg production and greenhouse gas emissions and answer questions from the audience.
Robert Gooch, BFREPA CEO, said: “Transitioning to non-beak-tipped flocks and getting a better understanding of egg production’s contribution to emissions are two big topics which BFREPA has been working on for many years.
“We want our members to understand where we are as an industry, and to get an insight into what is coming down the line in five, 10 and 20 years’ time. Over the next decade, strong leadership and innovation will be critical for the continued success of the industry and in removing the barriers preventing progress.
“This year’s conference is about bringing producers together, hearing their stories, and encouraging conversations about how to grab opportunities coming up. We’ll have plenty of advice for how to tackle the challenges ahead of us.”
The BFREPA Conference will be held online and is free to attend. Tickets can be booked through the Eventbrite page.