The Pasture Raised Egg company is based on the Kingsclere estate between Basingstoke and Newbury. The estate currently operates a share farming system with its partners which is great for helping new entrants into the industry like myself.
The whole estate is currently managed under regenerative agriculture meaning the farming approach focuses on restoring soils that have been degraded by the industrial, agricultural system. Its methods promote healthier ecosystems by rebuilding soil organic matter through holistic farming and grazing techniques. In short, regenerative agriculture practitioners let nature do the work.
At the Pasture Raised Egg company, our hens are housed in 300 bird mobile sheds which we can move anywhere on the farm. We move our sheds every day 2 days so the hens have a new area to scratch about. Our birds are encouraged to be birds and do what they would do in the natural world. We want them to spend their days getting nourishment from the environment around them. We follow a herd of dairy cows around the farm giving the hens access to all the bugs and beetles that are working away to break down the organic cow pats. The birds love to spend their days picking at the bugs and the range of clovers and herbs within the rich pastures. Following the cows around has an added bonus as the chickens help to spread the manure across the field. The manure fertilises the plants, helping them to grow long, carbon-sequestering roots!
Our hens are on an organic diet and are also managed to organic standards; the colour of our yolks are 100% natural - the feed has NO yolk colorants added to it.