| NIMaster 2||Ref:||2018NIMASTER2|
|Judgment: approved by the Court for handing down||Delivered:||14/02/18|
|(subject to editorial corrections)|
MR WILSON’'S EVIDENCE
“"If the Court is giving consideration to the separate sale of the two poultry units which I valued at £200,000 the court must in my respectful opinion give consideration to the fact that as this holding would be sold as a working free range commercial egg poultry business with the capacity for 16,000 birds the sale of the poultry units requires adjoining farmland to form part of the sale to make this a viable business. I enclose a copy of the RSPCA Welfare Standards for Laying Hens, Page 22 which deals with stocking density. The Court will note that for birds aged 21 weeks and older, stocking density must not exceed (a) 2,000 hens per hectare over the life of the flock (b) 2,500 hens per hectare at any one time.
The maximum stocking density over the life of the flock should relate to the total amount of range available to the birds. Access to some of this area can be temporarily restricted in order to rest the land and to help maintain the quality of the range, as long as Rule 4.1(b) is never exceeded.
To enable the future owner of the poultry unit to comply with the Welfare Standard Regulations for Laying Hens it is essential that the entirety of the land comprised within Fields numbered 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 15 are sold with the poultry units otherwise both units are commercially unviable as they cannot comply with Welfare standard Regulations.”"
MR MALLON’'S EVIDENCE
“"What really matters in most cases are the reasons given for the opinion. As a practical matter a well-constructed expert''s report containing opinion evidence sets out the opinion and the reasons for it. If the reasons stand up the opinion does, if not, not. “"