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Queen Eizabeth II Queen Elizabeth II Her Majesty The Queen 1926 - 2022

We are all deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Her Majesty The Queen. Our thoughts are with The Royal Family at this difficult time.

This news story was published on: 09 September 2022

Yorkshire Egg Producer Discussion Group

We are hopeful that we can resume the Discussion Group after such a long period and have arranged the following programme for the next season.

This is of course subject to any covid restrictions and may be revised.

20th October 2021 – Nick Major of FEFAC – Feed sustainability and what are potential solutions?

22nd January 2022 – Dr Becky Gosling of APHA – Salmonella control in the UK

13th April 2022 – Adrian Marshall and Jamie McIntosh of Lohmann GB – Learning from their Nuffield Scholarships

15th June 2022 – Ralph Bishop of Premier Nutrition – Poultry Nutrition and practical ways to improve diet sustainability

This news story was published on: 24 August 2021


Following on from AGM conducted electronically all Directors were re-elected with no changes.

The following awards were presented:

Top Egg Award

For Member with less than 16000 birds, who delivered the most eggs to the Packing centre from previous complete flock.

L C S Agriculture – North Duffield Selby

Top Egg Award

For Member with 16000 or more birds delivering the highest number of eggs to the packing centre from previous complete flock.

Richard and Sarah Cundall – Jackson Wold Farms

Good Egg Award

For services outside daily routine of management

Leah Page-Stott for winning the Zoetis – NFU Poultry Trainee Award 2019

This news story was published on: 09 February 2021

Yorkshire Egg Producer Discussion Group

Due to continuing Covid we will recommence meetings when Government guidelines allow large gatherings, but this will probably not be until the next season.

This news story was published on: 09 February 2021

Yorkshire Egg Producer Discussion Group

Due to Covid 19 and restrictions placed on large gatherings, meetings continue to be postponed and the next meeting is scheduled for April 14th 2021 at Burn Hall, Huby, York

Full details will be finalized in January 2021

This news story was published on: 19 August 2020

article image Recruitment drive for new entrants in egg sector

With egg consumption rocketing, but a lack of workers in the egg sector, a
collaboration is launching a course to attract new blood.
Twenty-eight other companies and organisations (see panel) across the egglaying industry are part of the collaboration and will provide practical, on-site visits and teaching. The course, a level 2 diploma in agriculture, will begin in January 2021, and includes visits to farms, a hatchery, feed mill, packing centre, retail and vets.
Industry organisations will teach topics such as welfare, building design, breeding, record-keeping, nutrition, policy and technology.

This news story was published on: 03 August 2020



1. Wednesday November 6th 2019
Presentation Gary Ford Chief Poultry Advisor NFU

Avian Flu/Salmonella and Animal Rights Activists

2. Wednesday 22nd January 2020
Paula Baker and Mark Williams BEIC

BEIC Workshop – ‘Beak Trimming and Feather Pecking ‘

Meet 4.30pm Commence 4.45pm

Mark Williams Chief Executive BEIC

‘Eggs, Brexit and The Lion’

3. Wednesday 15th April 2020

Alltech –

Harriet Smith/Emily Marshall

‘Improving Layer Gut Health and Performance’

4. Wednesday 17th June 2020

James Baxter

Chairman of BFREPA

Presentation – Glenhead of Aldouran /BFREPA

Anyone wishing to attend please contact Caroline Elliott via the Eggsell office or e.mail

This news story was published on: 26 September 2019

EggSell Producers Ltd AGM

At the AGM held at Sandburn Hall York on 5th December the following officers were re-elected

Stewart Elliott – Chairman

Claire Hunt – Vice Chairman

Caroline Elliott – Secretary

Ian Stabler – Board Director

Ian Sinkler – Board Director

It was agreed that the number of Directors be raised to 7 and Robert Johnson and Andrew Hall were both duly elected to the Board of EggSell Producers Ltd

This news story was published on: 02 January 2018

Presentation of Awards

Awards for highest number of eggs delivered to the packing station were presented to:

Over 16000 Birds – D Lightfoot and Son

Under 16000 birds – T J Hunt

Good Egg Awards for Two retiring producers who have been loyal EggSell supporters throughout:

Gill Smith

John and Chris Jackson.

This news story was published on: 02 January 2018

Yorkshire Egg Producer Discussion Group Meetings 2018

Burn Hall, Tollerton Road, Huby, York YO61 1JB

To reserve a place e.mail

Wednesday 17th January 2018

Speaker: Dr Khaled Hussein – Eco Animal Health

A talk on the true cost of Mycoplasma infection in laying hens

Wednesday 11th April 2018

Speaker: William Garton

Managing Director Avivets
A Talk on Metabolic Diseases Affecting EggShell Quality

Wednesday 13th June 2018

Speaker: Leon Schouren, H & N

Introduction of H & N Europe and the changes made on the Continent after the beak trimming ban

This news story was published on: 02 January 2018

Producer Christmas Dinner

Members of EggSell Producers enjoyed their Christmas Dinner at Sandburn Hall, Flaxton, York on Thursday 1st December.
Following a brief update, presentations were made to the following producers

Producer Award for Over 16,000 birds – N T & R O Johnson – Belton
Producer Award for Under 16,000 bird unit – Andrew Hall – Wilton
EggSell Good Egg Award – J E & J M Welburn and Family – Snainton

This news story was published on: 06 December 2016

Yorkshire Egg Producer Discussion Group Meetings

Burn Hall, Huby, York. YO61 1JB
Wednesday 19th October 2016
Speaker, Gary Ford,
NFU Chief Poultry Adviser.
A talk on the Future developments in the egg industry
Speaker, Dr Aidan Leek
Poultry Technical Manager, Trouw Nutrition.
A talk on Maintaining egg quality in late lay
Wednesday 12th April 2017
Speaker, Ian Lowery
Crowshall Veterinary Practice.
A talk on Water quality issues
Wednesday 14th June 2017
Speaker, Tim Wallis
Managing Director, Ridgeway Biologicals Ltd.
A talk on Autogenous Vaccines

This news story was published on: 05 September 2016

BFREPA Annual Conference and AGM

BFREPA Annual Conference and AGM – National Motorcycle Museum – 23rd November 2016

This news story was published on: 21 July 2016

Yorkshire Egg Producer Discussion Group

Yorkshire Egg Producer Discussion Group will commence again in October 2016, Burn Hall Hotel, Huby, York.

Full details from

This news story was published on: 21 July 2016

EggSell Awards photo The Latest EggSell News

Last week saw the inaugural EggSell Awards Evening take place at The Trout Inn, Wansford.

The EggSell ‘Top Egg’ award is for the flock with the largest number of eggs per hen to 72 weeks delivered into the packing centre and was won by John and Gill Smith of Stape near Pickering.

The ‘Good Egg’ award recognises an EggSell Producer who has gone above and beyond to promote EggSell and the Free Range Egg Industry and was won by Andrew Hall from Wilton Gate House Farm, Pickering.

EggSell’s Managing Director, Tom Elliott said: “We have a loyal and hard-working group of members and we wanted to acknowledge and reward their achievements with our own awards scheme. Andrew, John and Gill are worthy winners of these first awards.”

The evening brought to an end what has been a great year for awards and it was nice to be able to celebrate together.

This news story was published on: 15 December 2015

British Free Range Egg Producers Association - SMALL PRODUCER OF THE YEAR

Also winning an award at the British Free Range Egg Producers Awards was Andrew Hall of Wilton Gate House Farm, Pickering. He was awarded the Small Producer of the Year Award, presented by Adam Henson.

Congratulations to Andrew on the well deserved award!

This news story was published on: 04 December 2015

British Free Range Egg Producers Association - LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT


Roger won this award for giving a lifetime of dedication, expertise and professionalism to the poultry industry.

Roger has worked tirelessly to support producers in all sectors of the industry, but most importantly in the free range sector. As I am certain John Cessford will clarify, during his years working for BOCM he set off to the flower market at 4am in the morning to buy flowers for his wife’s Sheila’s flower shop, before starting the day working as Feed Representative returning home late in the evening after spending the day with producers.

His knowledge of poultry is second to none, and it will be 60 years next year since he joined the industry and has undoubtedly served it very well.

Roger is a true gentleman, and as has always been the case, whatever Roger does is done extremely well, from organising BOCM conferences and Golf days to Yorkshire Egg Producers Discussion Group. Roger is the perfect host.

Following serious illness last year when most people would have finally given up working, he has now returned to working three days a week for Thompsons feed and fully intends to continue with supporting free range producers as long as he possibly can.

Congratulations to Roger on this well-deserved award!

This news story was published on: 04 December 2015

October Yorkshire Egg Producer Discussion Group

‘How Can The Egg Industry reduce its use of Antibiotics?’ was the topic for the October meeting of the Yorkshire Egg Producer Discussion Group.

The meeting was expertly chaired by Will Garton from the Minster Veterinary Practice, and the panel consisted of Ian Lowery, Crowshall Vets, Jessica Cross, Elanco and Ian Mackinson Premier Nutrition.

This news story was published on: 16 November 2015

NSF Assured Egg Farmer Awards

Andrew Hall gained ‘Highly Commended’ in the Pig and Poultry Marketing Awards earlier in the year, and last week was awarded ‘Runner Up’ in the NSF Assured Egg Farmer Awards. Andrew is certainly on a winning streak, but this is down to his excellent day to day management and care of his flock at Wilton, Pickering. Congratulations go from all the EggSell Team.

This news story was published on: 16 November 2015

EggSell Member Highly Commended

EggSell Co-operative member, Andrew Hall, from Wilton Gate House Farm in Pickering was amongst the winners of this year’s Pig and Poultry Marketing awards.

Wilton Gate House Farm was highly commended in the Health & Welfare Award. Andrew and his team impressed the judges (who included Nigel and Patrick Joice from Uphouse Farm, Peter King from 2 Sisters and Richard Griffiths and Maire Burnett from the British Poultry Council) with their open door policy as well as high egg yields and well-organised and efficiently run unit.

This news story was published on: 04 August 2015

EggSell Producers AGM

Following a visit to the packing centre for some members, an informal lunch was enjoyed by EggSell producers, followed by the AGM which was held at Tickton Grange Hotel, on Thursday 2nd July 2015.

The Chairman Stewart Elliott, was re-elected and he gave a brief report but particularly thanked Ian Sinkler for his work as he stepped down from his role as Vice Chairman. Caroline Elliott and Clare Hunt were re-elected to remain as Directors, along with Ian Stabler, Leo Gillen and Ian Sinkler. Clare Hunt took over the role of Vice Chair.

Tom Elliott MD of EggSell Ltd, gave an informative report on feed, current egg market and sales.

It was agreed that next year the AGM would once again be held in April/May

This news story was published on: 09 July 2015

Producer News

The provisional date for the EggSell Producers AGM is Thursday 25th June – further details to be confirmed. Any potential producer interested in joining the co-operative please phone 01964 530035 for further details.

This news story was published on: 13 April 2015

Yorkshire Egg Producer Discussion Group

All meetings are held at Tulip Inn(formerly Burn Hall), Tollerton Road, Huby, York, YO61 1JB. Discussion Group commences from 6.30pm, with a Carvery dinner being served at 7.15pm and the meeting commencing at 8.15pm.

Following the change of management at Burn Hall Hotel, we are pleased to say the meeting room has been completely refurbished with sounds systems incorporated, making it a much improved venue for our meetings. The final meetings of the year are 15th April and 17th June.
Anyone interested please contact or phone 07717511889

This news story was published on: 13 April 2015

Stewart Elliott, Chairman EggSell Producers Ltd - Charlie Stephenson BFREPA member and Graham Stuart MP outside DEFRA London following a successful meeting with George Eustace, MP for Environment and Rural Affairs on 7th July 2014 DEFRA Meeting

Following the request of the BEIC to write to our MP’s about the proposed beak trimming plan, Stewart wrote to Graham Stuart MP for Beverley and Holderness. Mr Stuart responded very quickly by arranging to come out to visit the farm and packing centre at Elliott Eggs Ltd. Furthermore he secured a meeting on 7th July, with George Eustace to discuss the problems producers would face with a ban on beak trimming. Graham Stuart and Stewart were joined by Charlie Stephenson; pullet rearer and fellow producer, and Giles Clifton BEIC.

This news story was published on: 14 July 2014

Discussion Group - Organisers

The organisers offer their most sincere thanks to those companies who continue to Sponsor the Discussion Group. A full list of sponsors will be displayed at the beginning of each meeting.
Secretary – Harry Atkinson – 07557159341, e-mail:, Treasurer – Caroline Elliott – 07717511889, e-mail:, Assistant Treasurer – Phil Elliott 07780705773, e-mail:, Group Co-ordinator – Roger Lythe 07971257512 e-mail:

This news story was published on: 30 September 2013