Sommerlad Authorised Farmers
Each Sommerlad farmer has a strong commitment to organic farming practices,
and humane treatment of farmed animals.
The Sommerlad core production protocols are summarised by The Sommerlad Farmers' Pledge
To offer further consumer confidence, Sommerlad farmers also undertake third party certification with
The following is a list of Sommerlad farmers who undertake third party certification with P.R.O.O.F:
Bellasato Farm Braemeadows
Grassland Poultry Wellington
Milking Yard Farm Trentham
Aldertons Farming Albany
Kinmana Organics Farm Marama
The loss of traditional farming knowledge and genetic diversity is dramatically demonstrated in modern chicken farming. The average employee in the Australian chicken meat industry has only ever managed high-performance strains of meat chickens, and has no understanding of the normal behaviour of slower growing chickens. The practice of using mobile shelters to allow chickens to renovate the land is considered unviable in large-scale production, and hands-on farming has been gradually replaced by the computer. Sommerlad farmers have an important role as keepers of traditional chicken farming knowledge.
As well as genetic diversity, you will also notice subtle differences in each Sommerlad farmer's finished table birds influenced by their "terroir", such as the farmer's climate, soil type and native pasture species. Differences are also influenced by their locally available feed sources, and processing options. These differences are something to be celebrated, as they represent artisan chicken farming - which is the very opposite of factory farming.
Retail price also varies, depending on factors like the farmer's cost of feed, processing and distribution.
INTERESTED IN GROWING SOMMERLAD CHICKENS ?
Please note that Sommerlad Poultry can only enter into chick supply agreements with their authorised farmers, and they're unable to supply Sommerlad chicks for home use. There are currently no openings for new authorised farmers, but if you are interested in future opportunities please read the information here.