The Grassland Poultry difference
at a glance
|Conventional Free Range
|Type of chicken
|We breed our own heritage Sommerlad birds on the farm. These birds grow at a natural pace (slow by comparison to conventional meat birds), and are well-suited for all Australia’s extreme seasons.
|Use Ross or Cobb breed fast-growing genetics, developed for shed raring not free range.
|Age when processing
|Less than 600
|Up to 50,000
|Access to outdoors
|24 hours per day
|8 hours per day
|Up to 20 hours of light provided per day
|24 hour access to forage in Box Gum grassy woodlands and free-choice system of a crumble & whole grains. No medications (antibiotics) are used.
|Purpose-built mobile shelters
|No chemicals or chlorinated water used. Water is treated with ultra- violet light and is chemical free. The birds are air-chilled for 24 hours before packaging so there is no water in the bags.
|Chill baths in chlorinated water and chlorinated water used in the wash down. Birds are packed straight from these baths into bags.
|No weight loss.
|Weight loss when cooking can be up to 10% moisture loss due to water intake in the processing.
|Firmer texture due to being active foragers and long growing time. Deeper flavour, great fat, the most amazing skin and moist, flavoursome meat. Stronger bones and cleaner tasting offal.
|Softer textured meat and bones due to shorter growing time, meat tents to dry out in the cooking process, with less flavour.