Pastured eggs and chicken definition:
All birds are raised outdoors with continuous and unrestricted daytime access to paddocks that are suitable for grazing and are provided with shade and shelter. All birds must use the paddocks each day unless; they choose to shelter because of inclement weather or short term confinement for veterinary treatment. Feed supplements are available to ensure all their nutritional needs are met. Birds are kept at a stocking intensity that will ensure forage is always available in an actively managed rotational grazing system.
Pastured eggs and chicken are the true measure of ethical and sustainable egg and meat production. Raising poultry in the outdoors is nothing new, it has been practiced for centuries and it wasn't until around the 1950's that intensive, housed production systems were born. Pastured farming is a little old fashioned really but that's just the way we like it and given the rise in demand for free range pork, eggs and chicken, so does the consumer!
Taste the difference! A more natural diet and environment shines through in flavorsome, wholesome pastured eggs and chicken.
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Sommerlad Pastured Poultry
There is a lot of discussion at the moment about just what free range means when it comes to eggs. We would like to help wade through all of the confusion so that you can make a better, more informed choice the next time you buy free range eggs. Its easy, look for Pastured eggs instead!
Firstly, we are assuming that, like us, you believe free range eggs should come from hens that have been able to range outdoors on pasture and encouraged to do so with plenty of shade, shelter and protection from the elements and predators. We also believe in smaller flock sizes and do not think that industrial sized sheds with little 'popholes' to the outside world are sufficient to meet the hens needs. We would like to believe that the land on which the hens range is managed sustainably too and will not put our environment at risk.
There is an amazing array of brands and claims on the supermarket shelves today. Its really hard to decide just which one is telling the most likely story and who is taking advantage of your choice to buy ethical eggs. Here are a few simple tips: