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We have used our own Boschendal pasture reared chickens and pasture reared eggs to make this month’s Scotch egg recipe – a lighter version of the traditional Scotch egg. The nutrient density of pasture reared eggs is far superior over battery eggs or even free range eggs.
The premium in price of pasture reared is justified if you look at the nutrition table below.
The term free range has been abused by national retailers and the egg industry. Hens laying ‘free range’ eggs are actually still raised in barns with occasional access to the outside. To be truthful, the eggs would need to be named ‘cage raised’ but who would buy that? Most hens in South Africa are raised in metal battery cages and this practice is extremely cruel. The egg you choose to buy determines what kind of life a hen will live.
Our hens actually get to roam freely on the farm. They roost and nest in ‘eggmobiles’ at night and roam freely eating grass and layer mash feed outside. We currently have five of these mobile hen houses for 1 500 chickens. It is important to understand that the eggmobiles are moved around the farm every other day, ensuring fresh pastures for the chickens. In turn, the grass roots are removed as they eat, manure left behind, improving the organic matter in the soil – this is true soil transformation.
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