Genuine Pastured Eggs from the Bega Valley 2019-09-07T23:43:56+00:00

About Bega Valley Eggs

It was 2011 when Dan and Lyndal decided they’d had enough of the big smoke and took off on a South-East Asian adventure, looking to create opportunities outside the city. It was on this trip that they discovered Joel Salatin and immediately caught the farming bug. They returned from overseas and headed to the South Coast where they could be closer to quality food and learn a few things along the way.

In 2015 after meeting the man himself at a farming workshop outside of Melbourne, they decided that the best time was right now, and free-range eggs it would be! Dan and Lyndal have now expanded on a 300 acre property in Quaama, moving their purpose-built mobile chicken caravans to fresh pastures with the company of their blue heeler, Zambo and their newborn son, Leo.

Pasture Raised

If you’ve never eaten an egg from a hen raised on sunshine, bugs and grass, then you are in for quite a treat. Deep orange, gooey yolks stand up tall within their thick, milky whites and a rich creamy flavour unlike any store-bought egg you’ve ever had.

Pastured vs. Free Range

40% of customers now buy free range eggs over caged eggs at the supermarket. As demand for free range increases, standards are lowered, lines are blurred. We produce pastured eggs that meet or exceed the following standards (RSPCA, organic, free range ETC). Flock size of free range eggs can be up to 10,000 birds per hectare. Ideal standards for free range eggs are 1500 per hectare. Bega Valley Eggs run stocking densities of less than 300 per hectare.

Even better, is a rotationally grazed system and it’s all we do 🙂

Why Produce Pastured Eggs

Pasture raised hens with access to fresh grassy pastures are more nutritious than what can pass for ‘free-range’ hens. Whilst there have been limited studies into the nutritional value of pastured eggs over cage eggs, these early studies indicate that they are nutritionally superior to a cage egg. So whilst your cost per egg may increase, pastured eggs are more nutrient-dense per calorie. So your cost per measure of nutrients is cheaper when it comes to pastured eggs. (Why supplement with Vitamin D when you can get 63-126% of your daily recommended intake from eating just two pastured eggs!)

Benefits of pasture raised eggs

Their colour, flavour and texture are made distinctive by high amounts of Vitamin A, D, E, K2, B-12, folate, riboflavin, zinc, calcium, beta carotene, choline, and tons of omega 3 fatty acids, including DHA, EPA, ALA, and AA. A pasture-raised egg is a true superfood.

  • 1/3 less cholesterol
  • 1/4 less saturated fat
  • 2/3 more vitamin A
  • 2 times more omega-3
  • 3 times more vitamin E
  • 7 times more beta carotene
  • 5 times more vitamin D

Rotational management is quite different, though hens are given a quarter acre each day inside electric netting for protection; they are rotated every few days to fresh pasture with plenty of bugs and fresh grass to graze on.

Our hens’ night-time housing has no flooring underneath their perches which allows for manure to drop through. This both helps keep their headquarters clean and fertilises the soil at the same time. Soil is rested to allow for pasture improvement year on year.

Stockists

Bega Valley Eggs have stockists up and down the East Coast of Australia from Victoria to Queensland! You’ll find Bega Valley Eggs anywhere from small local retailers to independent supermarkets, bustling cafes and large wholefood chains. Click the button below to view all stockists, and if you’re in NSW but there aren’t any stockists near you, hassle your nearest IGA, Foodworks or Friendly Grocer store until they do!

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Main Office: Pollacks Flat Road, Bemboka, NSW 2550
Phone: 0413 545 734
Email: info@begavalleyeggs.com.au

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