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Chicken sexers shortage 'could affect egg production'

A major egg farmer in East Yorkshire claims there could be of a shortage of eggs in supermarkets if skilled chick sexers cannot be recruited.

The job involves checking the sex of day-old chicks and can pay a salary of £40,000 a year. But the British Poultry Council is finding it difficult to recruit workers.

Matthew Green, managing director of Wot-an-Egg in Pocklington, said his business supplies supermarkets with 35,000 eggs each day and relies heavily on chick sexing.