There has been talk of shortages of eggs in Australia for most of this year but the solutions are simple - stay out of supermarkets, buy your own laying hens - and set up more freerange farms.
Huge consumer demand for genuine freerange eggs has created exciting opportunities to establish more farm businesses.
At Freeranger Eggs in Grantville, we are unable to keep up with demand and now only supply regular customers. To help resolve the supply shortage, we provide details on setting up your own farm.The starting point is reading an eBook on starting a free range farm available on the Freeranger Eggs website: www.freeranger.com.au . Detailed information is available about things like shed requirements, food safety, egg packaging and labelling.
When deciding to set up a free range egg farm, take the time to plan it properly. Find out the zoning of the land and talk to your local Council planning department about their requirements. It’s also worth contacting the State Department of Agriculture. You can find on-line resources in most states. In Victoria, contact: http://agriculture.vic.gov.au/agriculture/farm-management/business-management/permits/guidelines-for-rural-planning-applications. Once that is sorted, talk to your Council Environmental Health Department about any specific requirements they have before you get underway. Forget about it if you want a business that provides enough money for a Mercedes every time a new model is released and an overseas holiday every year or two – get a McDonald’s franchise instead.