So, what’s happening here on the farm?
We are currently loving using out purpose-built processing facility. Last year we made the decision to build our own facility here on our farm. This was a huge financial commitment to us, solidifying that we mean business and have confidence in our product. The big appeal of building our own facility was to give us ultimate control over the process. We officially opened it at the beginning of the year and it is now in full swing. We are very fortunate to have a crew of reliable local employees to help us every fortnight. The facility allows us complete control of animal welfare, meaning our lovely chickens no longer have to travel 2-3 hours each time – now it’s just a quick trip from one paddock to another. As well as control over animal welfare, we also have more control over the process. Its great getting to be in the driver’s seat, larger commercial facilities often use chemicals, soak the birds in ice vats and package them straight away. Being in charge means we are able to choose not to do this; our birds are air chilled/dry aged for 24hrs before we package them up, no soaking vats insight. This not only gives them crisp juicy skin, it stops that excess water leaking out when cooked. And of course, we have always been about having chemical and medication free birds. There are so many benefits with having our own facility and we are very pleased with our decision to build one. It now means that the birds do not leave the farm until their ready to be delivered to your kitchens. On a side note, with these chilly winter mornings we are very happy to no longer have the 4am commute.