A bird costs less than a pint: welcome to Britain’s poultry capital

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More than a quarter of UK chickens come from just three counties – putting Hereford, Shropshire and Powys at the centre of a booming industry and a row over intensive farming

Growing up on the family farm in rural Herefordshire, Richard Corbett’s fondest memories are of tinkering in his father’s workshop. “I always assumed I’d be a farmer,” says the 55-year-old. “But if I’m honest, as a teenager I preferred messing about with machinery.”

Today, Corbett’s engineering passion is channelled into maintaining his beloved road bike, and the family farm is a multimillion-pound concern. The vast majority of that annual turnover comes from rearing chickens.

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