Western Daily Press

Egg production on Exmoor to be under spotlight at farm visit


EXMOOR farming’s under thirties will be given the opportunit­y to learn more about the logistics of free range egg production at an upcoming farm visit in Somerset.

Steve and Roseanne Coates will be welcoming the Exmoor Hill Farming Network’s Next Generation Group for an access-all-areas tour of their farm on Sunday, January 12.

Based at Higher Woolcotts near Brompton Regis, the couple decided a few years ago to diversify into free range laying hens, producing highend eggs for Waitrose.

Known as British Black Tail hens, they are geneticall­y modified for the retailer. Arriving at 16 weeks old, they stay on the farm until 76 weeks of age.

Also farming beef and sheep just above Wimbleball Lake, the Coates family will provide attendees with a full breakdown of the processes involved including transporta­tion, housing requiremen­ts, grading eggs, the feeding routine and paperwork trail.

Starting at 3pm until 5pm, there will be plenty of opportunit­y to ask questions. All under thirties and local Young Farmers’ Clubs (YFC) members are welcome. A hot meal will be provided on return to the farmhouse.

For strict biosecurit­y purposes, please ensure clean clothing and footwear is worn.

Booking is essential for catering purposes by Friday, January 10 at the latest. For further details and to book your place, please contact Katherine Williams, officer at the Exmoor Hill Farming Network, by calling the office at Cutcombe Market on 01643 841455, mobile 07970 795808, or by sending an email to kwilliams@ northdevon­plus.co.uk

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