Free Range Eggs

Politicians get another kick for allowing an intensive'free range'standard for chickens

An Australian study has revealed the absurdity of intensive free range standards approved by politicians.The standards allow eggs to be labelled as free range even when they are are produced on properties with an outdoor stocking density of 10,000 hens per hectare. It showed that free-range chickens spend more time outside when there are fewer hens per hectare and greater outside space available,...
 

We can help you set up a free range farm

Starting a small rural venture? such as free range egg production can be a rewarding business ? as added income for an existing venture or as a stand-alone business. Political changes to the definition of ?free range? has put the spotlight on free range production and has increased demand for genuine free range eggs. Butwhere do you start. A series of webinars on establishing small free range farms...
 

Our eggs sell out every week

We are still selling out of eggs every week. Every Sunday, no eggs are left on the farm.As a farm policy we stipulate that we will only sell eggs that are less than a week old. In reality most of our eggs reach customers within a day or two of being laid? unlike eggs in supermarkets which are usually at least six weeks old before they reach the shelves. And, of course, eggs in supermarkets are all...
 

Yolk colour varies with the seasons

It?s a pity that chefs aren?t taught about seasonality in food when they are going through their training. Even celebrity chefs on the myriad TV cooking shows mislead viewers and display great ignorance about the way seasons can affect food. Eggs are a great example. They rabbit on about being able to tell that eggs are free range because they always have a vibrant yolk colour. Well that simply...
 

Food Safety inspections

We had our food safety inspection by Bass Coast Shire Health Department yesterday. As our current registration is valid until December 31, I assume that this inspection and certificate will take us through to the end of 2019. It's unfair that so many dodgy backyard egg sellers get away with not being registered and fail to comply with any standards. This week, the new ludicrous free range standard...
 

Australia's"free range"stocking density is not set in stone

The action of Australian politicians in approving poultry farms with stocking densities of 10,000 hens per hectare to describe their eggs as free range, opens up some major issues. One is that consumers won?t accept that definition and another is that most planning authorities are unlikely to accept such a density because of issues like odour, contamination of land, aquifers and waterways. If you...
 

Black pepper and eggs make a great combination

The Central Food Technological Research Institute in India suggests that black pepper may help the body regulate cholesterol. High cholesterol levels can lead to high blood pressure, increasing the risk of heart attack and stroke. It may also help digestion by stimulating the taste buds, signaling to the stomach to produce hydrochloric acid. Without sufficient hydrochloric acid, you can develop heartburn....
 

Genuine free range egg production is more labour-intensive than cage farming

A panel forum at the US Egg Industry Center in Arizona with representatives from four major egg producers has said that all cage-free housing systems require at least three times more labour to manage than cage housing. That is no surprise to anyone in the industry, after all the major reason for the introduction of cages was to produce cheap eggs with lower labour inputs. Cage-free farms, with...
 

Free range farming webinars on track

Work is still progressing on setting up a series of webinars on establishing free range farms. The success of ourcrowd fundingappeal will be essential for top results.Researching how to prepare a webinar has demonstrated that there are many pitfalls for the unwary. It?s not just a matter of pulling out an existing power point presentation used in on-farm workshops. We need to prepare graphics and videos....
 

Breakfast casserole to start your day

Here's a great breakfast to jump-start the day. Place 6 rashers of bacon in a large skillet and fryuntil evenly browned, about 10 minutes. Drain bacon s on paper towels; crumble into pieces. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Grease bottom and sides of a casserole dish. Layer sliced potatoes, red bell pepper, , onion, and jalapeno in the dish. Sprinkle 1/2 cup Cheddar...
 

If you agree that Australia needs more low density small-scale free range egg farms to meet consumer demand, please share the link to our crowd funding appeal. The money is needed to ensure webinars are presented to a professional standard. They will encourage more traditional free range egg farms to be established throughout the country. The Crowd funding appeal is at:https://www.gofundme.com/2tar52cLife...
 

Major guide on food allergies being prepared

Food Allergy week is fast approaching Starting on May 13 and a major guide is being produced in the UK, covering symptoms, causes and treatments for conditions such as Eczema, Asthma, Hay Fever, and Hives. Some people claim allergic reactions to eating eggs - but often the reaction is to the colouring additives widely used in poultry feed rather than the eggs themselves Here?s a sample:https://www.sisalandseagrass.co.uk/allergy-guide/eczema.htmlLife...
 

We are doing our bit to combat carbon pollution

Freeranger Eggs at Grantville is an example of sustainable farming. Some small businesses are doing more than Governments to combat carbon emissions and climate change. The Freeranger Eggs farm management plan takes a three pillars approach to how the farm operates. Animal welfare is one pillar, but equally important are land sustainability and food safety. Growth is not a part of our philosophy....
 

Free range is a niche market in a boutique industry

Free range eggs are a niche part of a boutique industry. Genuine free range farms with low stocking densities don?t have sufficient production to meet the delivery demands of major grocers ? which is why you will never see real free range eggs in a stupidmarket. Only intensive production systems meet the requirements of grocery chains, which is why there has been political approval of an intensive...
 

Omelette Arnold Bennet

75g smoked haddock A little milk 25g butter 150ml cream 3 or 4 eggs Salt and freshly ground pepper 2-3 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese Garnish chopped Parsley for garnish Put the smoked haddock into a small saucepan. Cover with milk and simmer gently until it is cooked enough to separate into flakes (about 10 minutes). Drain. Toss the haddock over a moderate heat with half the butter and 2 tablespoons...
 

The need for more free range farms

There is a huge need to ensure that more free range egg farms are set up to meet top environmental standards as well as consumer expectations. Australian Eggs is revising environmental management guidelines for layer farms . If the guidelines are meaningful they will result in best practice on farms. Everyone can help to establish more genuine, small scale free range eggs farms by supporting a programme...
 

Fake eggs and meat

Fake eggs have been around for years, they are manufactured products designed for use in cooking to replace real eggs. They haven?t taken the world by storm but that has not deterred scientists from turning their attention to meat. Laboratories around the world have been working on developing artificial meats and politicians in the US are looking at ways to regulate the new developments. As laboratory...
 

Top bacon and leek quiche

6 rashers bacon 2 large leeks (white and light green parts), sliced, salt Freshly ground black pepper 2 tsp. fresh thyme leaves 6 large eggs 2 c. heavy cream 1 c. whole milk 1 tbsp. Dijon mustard 1/8 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg 6 oz. Gruyère, grated (about 1 1/2 cups) 1/2 c. chopped fresh flat-leaf parsleyMix basic pie dough. Chill and then roll into a 16-inch circle. Place in a deep 9-inch springform...
 

New Environmental Guidelines for egg industry

Victoria?s Environment Protection Authority and consulting group Integrity Ag Services are helping Australian Eggs to develop new environmental management guidelines for layer farms. We hope that revised guidelines reflect best practice -especially in view of the intensive stocking den sities which have been approved for free range egg production. So far, politicians and bureaucrazts appear to have...
 

Intensive'free range'standard may not survive

The intensive free range poultry stocking density of 10,000 hens per hectare, approved by politicians, may not have the support of Federal Agriculture Minister, David Littleproud. In response to questions from us about the impact of high nutrient loads on farms, Mr Littleproud wrote:?Local and State planning laws also apply to free range hen farms. In assessing an application, local councils must consider...
 

Feed delivered today

Five tonnes of chook feed was delivered to the farm today by our regular supplier, Reid Stockfeeds from their Traralgon mill. A custom mix is prepared for our hens, using no meat meal or colouring additives. As our hens have unlimited access to pasture, they get around 50% of the feed they need from the paddocks, but to maximise egg production and maintain bird health, the ration of grains needs...
 

Freerange egg farming webinars on ethical and sustainable farming

We still need many donors to ensure that the free range webinars are developed and presented. There?s well known controversy about the definition of free range ? but with eggs in supermarkets there?s also debate about egg sizes. 700 gram cartons are frequently called ?Extra Large? when the reality is they are no more than medium size. At Freeranger Eggs, our 950g Megga packs can legitimately be regarded...
 

More free range egg farms needed to meet demand

A huge opportunity exists in Australia for more free range egg farms to be established. Figures show there is an annual shortfall of around 100 million dozen free range eggs. Figures from Australian Eggs and the market research group Ibis World show that free range demand is about 40% of the total 400 million eggs sold in Australia each year? that?s a need for 160 million dozen free range eggs but...
 

Colouring additives in poultry feed cause allergic reactions for some people eating eggs

All major egg producers and many small ones - even those which claim to be free range and organic - use colouring additives in the feed they give their hens. Their use is completely unnecessary in a free range flock, as hens running on quality pasture and at low stocking densities will obtain enough carotenoids from the green feed in the paddock to maintain good yolk colour. The colour will vary?...
 

Where to buy Freeranger eggs

A full range of eggs is available at the farm in Stanley Road, Grantville- 950 gram packs of Meggas, 600g, 700g, 750g or 840g in dozens. We also sell eggs on trays if needed. There is a big yellow cool box inside the front gate which can be accessed anytime. Our eggs are also available from the Grantville Pantry, Corinella General Store and Angels Health Foods, Cowes.When setting up a free range farm...
 

Freeranger Eggs - a niche market in a boutique segment of the egg industry

With a very low stocking density on our 80 hectare farm - just 15 - 40 hens per hectare instead of the intensive 10,000 hens per hectare on most so-called free range farms, our operation is fully sustainable. We invite readers to visit our website to see how we do things.Life on a free range farm in Australia
 

Freeranger Eggs is all about producing genuine free range eggs as well as educating consumers and other farmers

Freeranger Eggs is a multi- platform business. Our main activity is operating a sustainable farm producing free range eggs for customers in our local area. We use our website, blog and facebook page as educational tools to provide clear information to consumers? and also to encourage the establishment of other low density farms, Free range eggs are a niche market in a boutique industry and industrial-scale...
 

Sustainable Agriculture Initiative

CSIRO?s social and economic systems division is developing a community engagement project proposal for a sustainable agriculture Initiative and Australian Eggs says it will consider public release of its farm Sustainability Framework in April. Australian Eggs'idea of sustainability is likely to be underwhelming, so we propose to try to push the agenda with something like this:Farmland, the environment,...
 

The environment, consumers, farmland and poultry at risk from new'free range'standards

Consumers, poultry and the environment are being put at risk by new free range egg production standards allowing chickens to be run at stocking densities of 10,000 hens per hectare. Each adult hen produces half a cubic metre of manure a year, so at that density, each hectare of land will be covered by 5000 cubic metres of poultry manure every year - - an unsustainable nutrient load. It?s not only...
 

New production standards may destroy consumer confidence in egg industry

New labelling requirements and standards for free range egg production are likely to destroy any remaining consumer confidence in the Australian egg industry. The standard allows intensive production systems to be classified as free range and protects intensive producers from prosecution under Australian Consumer Law. The new standard allows unscrupulous producers to continue to mislead customers....
 

Crowd Funding appeal for free range webinars

It?s slow-going, but we still hope achieve our crowd funding target to hold webinars encouraging more free range farms to be established. Everyone can help to establish more genuine, small scale free range eggs farms by supporting a programme of webinars demonstrating all the processes involved. Thewebinars will encourage hundreds more farms to be established all over Australia and other parts of the...
 

D-Day for free range egg labels April 26

The new information standard on free range eggs adopted by Ministers for Consumer Affairs comes into effect on April 26 even though it is meaningless and contrary to the interests of the industry, and consumers. The standard allows intensive production systems to be classified as free range and protects intensive producers from prosecution under Australian Consumer Law. The new standard simply allows...
 

Balancing egg production and demand

On a small free range farm, it can often be difficult to maintain a balance between demand and production. The are so many variables - including the weather which can have a dramatic impact on production. But it's not jusat the number of eggs laid. One factor which many people don't appreciate is the size of eggs. Production my be terrific (as it is right now) but we currently have a large number of...
 

Allergic reations may be caused by colouring additives rather than eggs

All major egg producers and many small ones - even those which claim to be free range and organic - use colouring additives in the feed they give their hens. Their use is completely unnecessary in a free range flock, as hens running on quality pasture and at low stocking densities will obtain enough carotenoids from the green feed in the paddock to maintain good yolk colour. The colour will vary?...
 

The differences with eggs - why some are better than others

The nutrients in every egg you eat only come from the feed available to the chickens. Ingredients fed to the hens make a profound difference to the quality of each egg. We are a low density, genuine free range farm and our hens are free to roam at all times, grazing on predominately native pasture and eating whatever seeds, insects, bugs, worms etc.they find? they can only do this because they have...
 

Avian influenza kills 120 million poultry

The world-wide wave of avian flu has resulted in the loss of nearly 120 million poultry In global animal disease terms, highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) is waning in its second global wave but it is estimated to have led to the loss of almost 120 million head of poultry. New outbreaks have been reported in Cambodia, Japan, Taiwan, India, Iraq, Turkey and South Africa in the last 12 months.Life...
 

Politicians pose health risk for Consumers and chickens

Politicians are putting consumers and chickens at risk over their new'free range'stocking density standard.They need to be convinced to change their minds on astandard of 10,000 hens per hectare for egg production. The sheer volumes of manure make intensive free range production dangerous for animal health, and us humans eating contaminated eggs. Intensive cage eggs are likely to be less dangerous...
 

Nutritional value of eggs

Nutrition Here is a list of nutrients found in eggs: Free range eggs have even greater nutritional value, as long as the hens are really free range and able to roam around a paddock, eating whatever takes their fancy.vitamin A vitamin B-2 vitamin B-12 vitamin B-5 vitamin D vitamin E biotin choline folic acid iodine iron lutein and zeaxanthin phosphorus protein selenium ProteinA medium-sized egg typically...
 

100 donors needed to meet crowd funding target for free range webinars

Everyone can help Freerangr Eggs reach our initial target of 100 donors to the crowd funding campaign for developing webinars encouraging more free range farms to be established.. To help, clickhttps://www.gofundme.com/2tar52cLife on a free range farm in Australia
 

Egg Labelling nonsense in Australia

Free range egg farmers in Australia will be hit with greater compliance costs - thanks to incompetent politicians and bureaucrats. Already , eggs are the only fresh food which is required to carry a nutrition information panel. Producers of meat, fish and vegetables are not required to print nutritional information panels on their products - so why are egg farmers penalised? To make it even worse,...
 

Amendment to Consumer Law could define free range properly

Rebekha Sharkie, Federal MP for Mayo, South Australia, a member of the Nick Xenophon Team has tabled an amendment in Parliament to Australian Consumer Law? which, if passed, will properly define the meaning of free range eggs. The amendment reads: ?eggs will only be permitted to be represented as free range eggs if they are laid by hens that are able to move about freely on an open range during daylight...
 

Draft welfare standards still open for comment

There?s just two weeks remaining for the community and interested parties to have their say on the draft Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines for Poultry and the associated Regulation Impact Statement (RIS). The draft standards from Animal Health Australia, move from the existing voluntary system to national regulation. But the regulation is inadequate, a better option would be to legislate...
 

Free range guidance from ACCC

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has released guidance for egg producers on its approach to enforcing the new National Information Standard on free range eggs, which comes into effect on April 26 2018. Under the new Standard, egg producers cannot use the words?free range? on their egg cartons unless the eggs were laid by hens that: had meaningful and regular access to an outdoor...
 

Sustainable farm management

Freeranger Eggs at Grantvilleis an example of sustainable farming. The farm management plan takes a three pillars approach to how the farm operates. Land sustainability is one pillar, but equally important are food safety and animal welfare. Growth is not a part of our philosophy. we need to encourage people to set up more farms, not upscale existing farm businesses. We believe that will support...
 

Sunny Queen joins'free range'fight

Egg producer Sunny Queen which sells more than 70 million eggs a year, labelled cage, barn and free range, has said that an outdoor stocking density of 1500 hens per hectare is the accepted standard for free range production. Speaking on ABC television's Landline programme, Managing Director John O'Hara said"the free-range market will grow for a"little while longer before plateauing."The Queensland-based...
 

History of the chicken

The Smithsonian Institution tells us that it is generally accepted that domestic chickens are direct descendants of the Red Jungle Fowl, Gallus Gallus of south east asia. The chicken?s star turn came in 2004, when an international team of geneticists produced a complete map of the chicken genome. The chicken was the first domesticated animal, the first bird?and consequently, the first descendant of...
 

Freerange eggs offer an ideal rural small business opportunity

If you are thinking about setting up a small rural business, think about establishing a free range egg farm. There is huge demand for more free range eggs, and consumers know that they can't trust labels on eggs found in supermarkets. Everyone can help to establish more genuine, small scale free range eggs farms by supporting a programme of webinars demonstrating all the processes involved. The...
 

New TPP trade deal may hit Australian egg producers

The revised Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal. Which Trade Minister Steve Ciobo says is great may have negative results for Australian farmers.The deal could see the importation of a wide range of farm products - including eggs. Canadian egg farmers have already expressed their disappointment, describing the deal as a failure to protect the future of Canada's egg farms. They say the deal will result...
 

Why we do what we do at Freeranger Eggs

Sustainable land managementWhen we bought our property on the Bass River at Grantville, we soon realised its importance as part of the only remaining riparian forest on the river. Our vegetation also provided the only link between the Grantville Flora  and Fauna Reserve and the Bass.  Once that was firmly established in our minds  we set about ensuring that production here became not only sustainable...
 

Real Freerange research shows that stocking density is important.

Academic researchers often produce theories and reports designed to demonstrate what'free range'means in the egg industry. Their findings are usually based on carefully arranged criteria set by an organisation which funded the research and expected specific outcomes. Far better to rely on the experience of those in the industry actually running free range egg farms. Some people are fixated on the issue...