Artisan Farming

Sommerlad chickens are hand raised in very small flocks by Sommerlad Poultry, and their team of family farmers in other regions of Australia.

Ethical Genetics

Sommerlad chickens are robust, slow growing, Australian heritage meat chickens, specifically developed for Aussie farming conditions.

Premium Chicken

The combination of unique genetics and artisan farming practices, produces a premium table bird with outstanding culinary qualities.

Welcome to Sommerlad Poultry, a 100% Australian independent poultry breeding company, licensed with NSW Food Authority and Australian Certified Humane


On a property just out of Tenterfield, in the New England region of northern NSW, the Sommerlad family and their team manage their proprietary strains of Australian heritage table poultry, and breed and develop their award-winning Sommerlad chickens.


Tenterfield boasts some of the cleanest air in Australia, with its high altitude and surrounding national parks. Coupled with its mild summer temperatures, and neighbouring grain producers, it has been chosen as the perfect place to undertake this unique poultry genetic project - the only one of its kind in Australia - and awarded "Outstanding Innovation" at the 2015 delicious. Produce Awards.


Download the Project Summary and Vision here.