In 2010, 357 million dozen eggs were sold in Australia from 332 egg farms. Of this, almost 30% sold were free range eggs.
The Australian Egg Corporation is the national body for egg farming in Australia. They believe that to qualify as free range, a farm mustn’t have more than two hens per square meter. This means up to 20,000 chickens per hectare, in comparison to the current 1,500 per hectare guidelines. This lack of a regulated definition is causing issues for free range farmers who operate at 1,500 per hectare levels.Download Audio