A NEW state-of-the-art free-range egg farm has opened in Bears Lagoon.
Minister for Agriculture and Food Security Peter Walsh declared the Farm Pride Foods facility open on Friday.
Mr Walsh said he was impressed by Farm Pride’s commitment to meeting the consumer preference towards free-range eggs.
The new farm features three sheds designed by Farm Pride that are based on current Australian conditions.
Farm Pride Foods managing director Zelko Lendich said that with the sales of free-range eggs continuing to grow, it was important for the business to keep up with consumer demand.
“In the past 20 years, the consumption of free-range eggs have increased between 15 and 20 per cent a year,” he said.
The new facility houses 30,000 birds in each shed.
Mr Lendich said the farm was designed to cater for high temperatures.
“There are hot conditions at the facility and to cater for that there is a ventilator to control the internal temperature of the farm sheds,” he said.
Mr Lendich said he believed consumers were now choosing free-range eggs over cage eggs because of the increase in advertising. “There has been a lot of advertising with chefs and organisations about the benefits of free-range eggs,” he said.
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