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Free Range Egg Farm

  • Location : Kihikihi
  • Council : Waipa

To establish a free range egg farm in rural zone. The Egg Farm of 600 hens will operate a delivery service (outwards goods) to local supermarkets, delis and cafes.

The Animal Welfare (Layer Hens) Code of Welfare 2012 sets out the standards of care and management for layer hens in New Zealand. It has been specifically reviewed and recommended by the National Animal Welfare Advisory Committee (NAWAC), and ratified by the Minister for Primary Industries.

The new Code is specific in its requirements of farmers and includes new detailed sections on colony farming, range management for free-range farming, natural animal behaviour, and the handling, catching and transport of layer hens and chicks.

Importantly, the Code also identifies good stockman-ship as the key to good welfare, a position the EPF fully endorses through farmer education and support activity. 

Free-range eggs make up around 14% of commercially produced eggs purchased in New Zealand. Consumption of free-range eggs has increased over recent years at a rate of approximately 1% per year.