Countrywide Farmers Stores, UK Egg Industry
Charlotte Smith hears about the impact of the demise of Countrywide Farmers stores on those who rely on their goods for everyday rural needs. The chain of 48 stores was to have been take over by Mole Valley Farmers, but the deal was called in by and the business is under administration by KPMG.
How many eggs do you reckon you eat in a year? Well on average here in the UK we consume 200 - that's including those in cakes. The retail egg market is worth nearly £1billion a year, the UK laying flock is currently some 38 million hens. Mark Williams is Chief Executive of the British Egg Industry Council and tells Charlotte why the sector's looking strong.
Welsh hill farmer Gareth Wyn Jones has launched a new TV series, The Family Farm, where he and fellow presenter Kate Humble encourage three families to abandon their real lives to work on Gareth's farm in Snowdonia.
Producer: Mark Smalley.