Slow-grown, pasture raised, Australian heritage table birds
Sadly for everyone (mostly the birds), many meat birds are so removed from nature, they lose the ability to free-range. This and the close confines they live in have a knock-on effect on their health, often leading to disease and generally lack-lustre birds. To add to the issue, their growth is sped along for commercial reasons and their muscle growth can fast outpace the development of their frame and organs. More health issues. This concerns us greatly.
It is important for us to have the connection to land and let nature work its magic.
To be able to have a chicken that can forage, with a slower optimum growth rate that produces a more textured flavour fits with our holistic system.
Because everything we do is worlds away from the way most ‘free-range’ chickens are raised, you’ll notice the differences immediately.
Healthy Birds = Healthy Meat
Great tasting meat results from giving the birds the ability to forage and the freedom to choose what they might like to eat. Ultimately, they know best.
To produce humane, optimum-growing, healthy poultry, the birds need to have access to pastures and roosting shelters at all times. That’s why we’re regularly moving their shelters onto fresh pasture.
Being able to forage creates a diverse diet of leafy greens / grass, insects, worms and other microorganisms found in the soil. And having continuous access to this type of vegetation significantly lifts the Vitamin A and E, carotenoids, good fats and Omega-3 fatty acids within the chickens.
Plus, by looking for alternate natural feeds and moving onto fresh pasture regularly, we significantly decrease the disease level within the flock. This means we don’t need to use medications in their food or water. In fact, we avoid medications all together and instead use natural remedies if needed with great success.
The benefits of these practices are extensive. Not only do you enjoy the health benefits of eating truly free range, grass-fed poultry, the birds mature slowly and live the way chickens are meant to, and our soil community is nourished by the natural fertilizer the poultry produce, helping it regenerate and benefiting all that is grown in it or grazes on it.
Finally, the way chickens are processed makes an enormous difference to both the welfare of the bird and the quality of the end product. Our processing facility allows us to have complete control over what we do, right here on the farm. Our birds are spared the trauma of travel and are processed in the most humane manner possible, by hand, resulting in superior quality produce. Air chilling allows us to avoid the introduction of chemicals and liquid weight and any waste is composted back into the farm.
It’s not the cheapest way to raise chickens, but there really are no shortcuts to raising healthy, happy chickens that have that old Sunday roast taste – the way they used to.
Grassland Poultry is an authorised grower of Sommerlad Poultry
Sommerlad Poultry’s award-winning chicken is unlike any other available in Australia. Extensive development of heritage genetics result in slower growing birds with active foraging ability and a far greater ability to flourish in Australian conditions.
Combined with traditional free range pasture rearing and whole grain feeding, Sommerlad chicken is highly sought-after for the outstanding texture, flavour and nutrient density that comes from a naturally slow growth rate that allows their organs, muscles and bones to grow in harmony.
Grassland Poultry is PROOF certified
Pasture Raised On Open Fields (PROOF) certifies that all animals are born and raised outdoors with continuous and unconfined access to pasture throughout their life time. They are kept at a stocking intensity that will ensure forage is always available in a sustainably managed rotational grazing system.