Sommerlad Authorised Farmers
Each Sommerlad chicken 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 chicken farmers also undertake third party certification with
The following is a list of Sommerlad chicken farmers who have third party certification with P.R.O.O.F:
Bellasato Farm Braemeadows
Grassland Poultry Wellington
Topi Open Range Bungwahl
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. Today, the average employee in Australia's chicken meat industry has only ever managed high-performance broilers, and has no understanding of the normal behaviour of slower growing heritage chickens. The practice of integrating chickens into a 'whole-farm' plan, by using mobile shelters to renovate land and maintain the flock's health, is considered unviable for large-scale production, and hands-on chicken farming has been replaced by the computer and environmental control systems. Sommerlad farmers have an important role as keepers of genetic diversity and 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 results in a rich and diverse culinary experience. This is the very opposite of modern chicken farming, which results in generic chicken produced to a price.
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 supply agreements with their authorised Sommerlad chicken farmers, and they're unable to supply Sommerlad chicks for home use. If you are interested in future authorised farmer opportunities please read the information here.