FREE range egg producers can get top tips on reducing the percentage of second quality eggs laid by their flocks during a live broadcast from a poultry farm this month.

Wern Farm, a Farming Connect demonstration site at Y Foel, near Welshpool, is adopting production methods that will help it to deliver what the egg market requires.

This includes measures to reduce second quality eggs produced by its flock of 32,000 Bovan Brown hens, which will also enhance profitability.

During a Farming Connect Demo Farm Live event in August, farmer Osian Williams will give an overview of the project he is embarking on in conjunction with Farming Connect to address this issue.

The live broadcast from his farm will take place on August 19th at 7.30pm.

In addition to improving egg quality, Mr Williams is investigating ways of improving drinking water quality in his poultry system.

“We don’t vaccinate our poultry after they arrive on farm therefore it is crucial we do everything we can to provide the best quality drinking water to protect and support flock health,” he says.

Joining the discussion remotely will be a range of experts in these areas.

There will also be advice on how the hens’ environment can be altered using technology to improve health and productivity.

“As well as discussing the projects, our experts will be offering general advice and recommendations, with the aim of helping farmers improve their businesses,” says Farming Connect poultry technical officer Catherine Price.

To sign up for the event email Catherine at

or visit

Farming Connect, which is delivered by Menter a Busnes and Lantra, has received funding through the Welsh Government Rural Communities – Rural Development Programme 2014-2020, which is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Welsh Government.

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