Free Range Egg Farms
The Leach and Holland families have been operating in the Australian egg industry since 1904 and 1945 respectively. In 2002 Ray Leach (Derodi P/L) and George Holland (Holland Farms P/L) partnered as Free Range Egg Farms.
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For eggs to be labelled free range, the Model Code of Practice says there should be a maximum of 1500 hens per hectare. In 2020 Choice updated its list of which egg brands meet the Model Code. According to the report, this company uses a stocking density of 10,000 hens per hectare for its free range eggs, well in excess of the Model Code.
Source: Choice (2020)
The Federal Court fined this company $300,000 in April 2016 for making false and misleading representations in its labelling and promotion of eggs as 'free range', in proceedings brought by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.
Source: ACCC (2016)
Named and shamed in the 2013 CHOICE Shonky Awards. Ecoeggs, which claim to be free range, has a stocking rate of 20,000 hens per hectare. Choice say that's far too many for what most people would think of as "free range".
Source: Choice (2013)
This company has claims about its free range egg farms on its website.
Source: company website (2014)
This company's free range eggs are certified by the Australian Egg Corporation Ltd (AECL), the national industry body. However AECL's certification scheme has been widely criticised as they allow beak trimming and 14 hens per square metre - not much less than the 18 hens per square metre in cage systems.
Source: Animal Welfare Labels (2014)
|Type||Family-owned private company|
|Address||PO Box 699, Northbridge, NSW, 1560, Australia|
|Phone||1300 784 464|