Conscious consumers driving demand for pastured eggs as farmers struggle to keep up (ABC Rural, 1 September 2017)
- Watheroo, Western Australia – Robyn and Lindsay Cousins
- Sheep and grain farmers
- Purchased 100 day-old chickens and began producing eggs
- Live in mobile homes with stocking density of less than 50 birds per hectare.
- Now have 2,400 chickens, producing more than 6,000 eggs per week
- Demand strong enough to have 4,000 hens
- Sell under IGA’s Good Grocer Brand and direct to Perth, regional cafes and restaurants.
- “It’s given us some cashflow. In farming, we generally just get paid at the end of the year, or after shearing, or after we sell sheep, whereas [with] the hens, we have to sell their eggs daily. We’re generating an income at the moment, but it’s still going back into [the farm] because we’re building the sheds but absolutely, it will be a nice addition to the broadacre farm.”
The ‘open range’ chicken farm from where a dozen eggs sell for $15 (Sydney Morning Herald, 11 August 2017)
- Mark Killeen – Merriwa
- Uses buses converted into mobile chicken coops
- From one caravan and 50 chickens to 4,000 birds on the property
- Freight to Sydney, delivered to outlets in Newcastle and local IGA supermarket.
- “It’s nice to close the gap between the people who eat the tucker and those who produce it”
New-age beef graziers: The chook farmer (Good Food, 13 Nov 2013)
- Started using chooks instead of inputs to improve soil on cattle farm
- Converted a caravan for chooks to roost in. Sold in local butchers
- Outlets in supermarkets and shops in Wagga, a market in Canberra and distribute to Melbourne and Sydney
- 2013 – from flock of 5,500 hens, collect 4,500 eggs daily – sell on average $7/dozen