Monday, June 19, 2023

Special 2 dozen deals

 Our lay rate has been increasing almost every day and is nearly back to our normal levels.As a result, we have a special deal for customers, 24 egg cartons are available for $12.00 that’s over 1 Kg of genuine free range eggs for just $12. Available now at Maccas Farm, Glen Forbes.Eggs can also be picked up at the Grantville farm. 

Saturday, June 17, 2023

Egg farms closing down

 These seem to be tough times for egg farmers all over the world, not just here in Australia. Egg producers in Bhutan attribute a decline in egg production to the closure of poultry farms. Rising feed costs forced many farmers to abandon backyard and semi-commercial poultry farming. One farmer, said he has incurred substantial losses running a poultry farm. He used to have over 1,500 chickens, but closed the farm because of increases in the price of feed .He said he invested all his savings and took out significant loans from banks to start the business. With no prospects, he had no choice but to close. Sounds a familiar story. Politicians cause trouble everywhere.

Friday, June 09, 2023

Salmonella limited to one egg farm in NSW

 On- farm monitoring has revealed a case of Salmonella enteritidis (SE) at an egg farm in Western Sydney, New South Wales, demonstrating the ongoing importance of biosecurity measures for the egg industry. Apparently contamination has not spread to birds on other farms and there have been no public health issues caused by contaminated eggs . The detection was made at an early stage with regular on-farm testing showing  low levels of SE antibodies. Australian Eggs says there were no clinical signs of disease in the flock and there have been no public health cases linked to the detection. The affected farm and the NSW Food Authority have contained the incident with all eggs diverted to pasteurisation and the flock has been "depopulated.". In previous salmonella instances, the NSW Food Authority said All the properties confirmed to have had SE present were interconnected in that people, eggs or equipment were moving between them. So far, this latest contamination appears to be confined to one property which may indicate that some big producers now understand contamination issues created by the movement of eggs and people between properties - standard practice for big producers. Meanwhile, in the Netherlands The owner and the manager of a dutch egg farm have been convicted of selling eggs knowing they were contaminated with salmonella.

The prosecution followed guests at an event in 2017 falling ill, with one eventually dying, after consuming the contaminated eggs.

The eggs were purchased from a supermarket in Germany and were sourced back to the poultry farm in Wouterswoude in the Netherlands.

Monday, June 05, 2023

World Environment Day

 We operate the farm sustainably to maintain ecological values for the future. Our website shows how we operate

Friday, June 02, 2023

Join the freerange band

 Everywhere in the world the egg industry is dominated by big business and Australia is no exception. In this country, almost 17 million chicken eggs are laid every day, totalling 6.2 billion eggs a year. Most of them are laid in huge sheds and sold in supermarkets but there are still a handful of people who run hens in a totally free range environment. If you want to join this exclusive band, take the first step by reading our eBook on setting up a freerange farm. Check out the Freeranger Eggs website for details. Don't forget to send us your email address so we can forward the book as a PDF.

Thursday, June 01, 2023

Traceability - where did the eggs come from?

 A project designed to improve the traceability of eggs supplied by major businesses in Australia has been completed, providing new tools to trace the origin of eggs. It is needed by egg farmers who meet supermarket orders by buying eggs wherever they can find them.

Traceability allows producers packaging millions of eggs a day to identify the sources of egg quality, safety or hen health issues and allows attempts to rectify the problems.It helps when there are outbreaks of diseases such as avian influenza, or contamination problems like salmonella.

A traceability manual is available to all egg farmers in Australia. The manual outlines best practice for tracking eggs and provides advice and guidance to support the design of reliable traceability systems for egg farms. The tools are available on Australian Eggs Traceability Hub. Genuine free range farms which only sell eggs produced by their own hens already have tight traceability standards. There are plenty of people wanting to set up their own freerange farm and we often have orders for our eBook which guides everyone through the process. Check our website.