Low Sizergh Farm is a family dairy farm where the health of the land is looked after as carefully as that of the animals, which ensures that everything we produce is of the highest quality.
As part of our wider holistic farming initiative, we recently adopted the pastured egg scheme, which is the secret to our delicious fresh eggs.
Simply put, pastured eggs are laid by hens that are free to range. But they don’t just range freely on the same patch of land, they are moved to new pasture on a daily basis. This not only benefits the health of the hens and of the land, but it also produces incredibly tasty eggs.
The pastured eggs scheme is based on an old idea called ‘folding poultry’ which was used to improve land fertility; small groups of 30-50 hens were moved to new pastures every day. Now that we have access to portable electric fencing, moving the hens is easier and more efficient.
Our flock of hens follow the grazing path of the cows. Four or five days after the cows have moved on from a field, the hens are moved in. The hens live in a specially constructed portable hut known as the ‘egg-mobile’, which is pulled by a formally retired old tractor.
Much of the egg-mobile was made by our team on the farm.
The construction of the egg-mobile means that when the hens lay their eggs, they roll onto a conveyor where they can be collected by hand – also meeting the organic standard.
Because the hens have access to new pasture every day, they have a chance to behave more naturally, scratching and foraging. Having access to the fresh ground means that the hens are less likely to have problems with parasites in the soil.
All in all, the pastured eggs scheme is very successful, fitting in well with our new holistic approach to farming. It certainly results in fresh eggs.
Stop by our farm shop to try some of our delicious fresh eggs, laid by our happy and healthy hens.