A Brandeston Farmer and Lion Eggs
Two articles from the Daily Mail found by David Risk
David writes: James Sperling was the occupier of the old buildings at the Office Farm where he "kept " his layers in battery cages in the now dilapidated asbestos Arcon sheds.
On the ground where some of the new houses now stand, he bred mink which were mainly fed offal and in the summer created quite a stink and the subject of a good many complaints!!!
He was also in business with Sue Thurlow's father delivering “Seely Sausages” to London with his eggs two or three times a week but that is another story
Farmer v Egg Board Fight Today - Daily Mail 23 March 1965
Mr James Sperling, the Suffolk egg farmer who tried to get the Egg Marketing Board “arrested” in January, is himself a “defendant” in a board disciplinary court today.
He and three other producers will be accused in London of contravening board regulations in disposing of eggs from his 2000 layers at Brandeston. He believes it may be the court to end all board courts.
He said yesterday, “I have been seeking to have this case brought for nine months”.
The case involves two charges: selling eggs other than to the board, and selling unstamped eggs, not directly to consumers. The charges are made against a company of which Mr Sperling is a director. He will be represented by a barrister and will challenge the right of the board to hold the court, and even to exist. Also present will be farmers from other areas who have joined Mr Sperling in collecting signatures for a petition to demand a poll which could abolish the board.
He said, “There are now over 2000 signatures, twice the number required. I do not want to lodge the petition until the Minister of Agriculture reveals his plans for changing egg marketing procedure, but it may be difficult to dissuade some of our supporters from taking immediate action.”
Farmer James Tames Little Lion - Daily Mail 24 March 1965
Farmer James Sperling yesterday smashed the grip of the Egg Marketing Board on the nation’s egg sales. A charge of breaking the “Little Lion” rules by selling unstamped eggs was dismissed by one of the board’s own courts.
Afterwards Mr Sperling said, “We have broken the board’s monopoly. It is a limited victory.” And he made an offer to other egg producers, “We are prepared to give advice absolutely free to anyone who wants to know how to do it.”
Board leaders now have to devise new rules to plug the Sperling loophole before too many of their 9,000 million eggs a year slip through it.
Mr Sperling with 6,000 layers at Brandeston, Suffolk is to continue his “Little Lion-taming” plan which gives him on average nearly 1s a dozen more for his eggs. When all his birds are laying, this will mean a margin of about £100 a week and 300 dozen large eggs a day will go out from his farm.
Part of his plan was described yesterday. The hens are owned by one company of which he is controlling director. This company Hillcorse is registered with the board and sells about half the total output direct to the consumers, which is allowed. The other half is given away - not sold - to another company, Yes Laboratories, of which Mr Sperling is also director, though the majority of shares are held by Hillcorse. Yes Laboratories sells the eggs to shops where they are sold unstamped to housewives.
The board has powers only over producers and is unable to act against Yes Laboratories.
Under an earlier plan devised by Mr Sperling, retailers were given eggs free on the condition that they bought from Yes Laboratories booklets worth about 2d but costing 12s 6d. This scheme was dropped in favour of the latter, more efficient one.
Mr Sperling still has one secret - the method by which one company can give eggs to the other without going bankrupt but he is willing to share it with farmers who want to join him in beating the board.