Free Range the New Barn laid Egg

It appears the consumer lucks out again when they go and buy Free Range eggs after the decision to make 10,000 hens per hectare the new standard for Free Range Eggs. RSPCA on their website have questioned the meaning of ‘meaningful and regular access’.

Consumers will be paying an increased price for something that is effectively a barn or caged egg. Here at Adelaide Hills Pastured Eggs we are submitting a proposal to create a new category of eggs. Pastured eggs should become the new gold standard for premium quality eggs. We feel restricted as legislation makes us use the term “free range” on our cartons and after the recent decision we want nothing but to distance ourselves as far from free rnage as possible as the term has now been “bastardized.”  Consumers need a “meaningful” choice so they can make an informed decision as to the quality of the eggs they are buying. What the new legislation has achieved is brought the term free range eggs down to the level of caged and barn laid quality. Egg producers can use the term free range whether a hen physically goes outside the barn or not.

Moving forward consumers need a choice that distinguishes a premium egg product from the rest. That distinction should be pastured eggs. Our hens are never locked up, they have 24 hours a day access to pasture as soon as they leave the perch. Its because they live on the pasture in a mobile hen house, protected by Tom our livestock guardian dog and they have 100% freedom of movement, 100% access to outdoors and 100% ability to live as chickens should, roaming and foraging on bio diverse pastures everyday. The benefits to the consumer is that our hens are moved onto new regenerated pasture every other day, nutrient rich and bio diverse, with all that goodness ending up in exquisite tasting eggs. Try a pastured egg and you’ll immediately see and taste the difference. Its nutrition by nature.WP_20151224_008.jpgAdelaide Hills Pastured eggs label


Confusion over Free Range Guidelines

Eggs are in the news this week with speculation as to what is and what isn’t a “free range egg”. Seems the dispute is over how many hens can be confined into a specific sized area. Free Range could mean 1500 hens per Hectare or as many as 10,000 hens per hectare. Here at Adelaide Hills Pastured Eggs we have approximately 30 hens per hectare, that’s right 30. So our “stocking rate is by “free range” standards, ridiculously low. We don’t consider stocking rate to be relevant but rather its the ability of our chickens to be able to move to new pasture and allow the area they were on to regenerate. This is truly sustainable and makes for good practical farming. Our hens thrive on new bio diverse pastures and produce exquisite tasting eggs. Hence the reason we use the term “pastured” so you know our eggs come from a truly sustainable system.  Unfortunately we have to by law have the words “free range” on our egg cartons but with the way the term is used we’d prefer to use the term pastured.  So if you are looking for exquisite tasting eggs then perhaps try ours, once you have had an Adelaide Hills Pastured Egg, there is no going back! Its simply nutrition by nature.