Eggs for all: farmer

Fremantle Gazette - - OPINION - Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son

A FREE range egg farmer from Mun­ster says all meth­ods of pro­duc­tion are im­por­tant and be­lieves the choice should be left to con­sumers.

Rachel Wil­son is a fourth gen­er­a­tion farmer help­ing to run a fam­ily op­er­a­tion es­tab­lished in the mid-1930s.

Eight years ago, Wil­son’s Free Range Eggs moved from caged to free range pro­duc­tion.

The fam­ily now farms about 14,000 chick­ens split be­tween two free range sheds, with three hectares for the birds to roam. About 12,000 eggs are col­lected daily and packed on site, with the sup­ply go­ing to lo­cal shops, cafes and to cus­tomers who want to buy di­rect.

De­spite only op­er­at­ing a free-range op­er­a­tion, Ms Wil­son said hav­ing the op­tion to buy eggs pro­duced by hens in “cages” and in barns was im­por­tant for con­sumers. “Free range eggs come at a pre­mium and un­for­tu­nately not all fam­i­lies can af­ford to buy these,” she said.

“I be­lieve that it is im­por­tant for fam­i­lies to be al­lowed to have the choice of the type of eggs they would like to buy.”

Ms Wil­son is set to visit lo­cal schools as part of Golden Eggs’ Know Your Eggs cam­paign.

For in­for­ma­tion, visit­mu­ni­ d471406

Rachel Wil­son amongst her free-rang­ing chick­ens.

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