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Imla Farms - Pasture Raised Eggs

Posted on Wed June 24, 2020.

At Imla Farms we belief that we have to produce healthy food, and to do that we have to farm with healthy animals. We belief in farming principles that is regenerative, and that is why we decided to produce Pasture Raised Eggs.

We have a livestock unit of free range cattle, and therefor the chickens will always have good, natural pastures in the form of cover crops, and lots of bugs and worms. Cover crops is grown for the protection and enrichment of the soil, as well as cattle, sheep and chicken pasture.Cover crops manage soil erosion, soil fertility, soil quality, water, weeds, pests, diseases, biodiversity and wildlife in an agroecosystem - an ecological system managed and shaped by humans.

Chickens are kept in a chicken tractor to protect them against predators during the night, but they roam the pasture during the day.The tractor is also their one-stop to fresh water and supplementation station. It also provides permanent shade during those hot days, and protection in winter period. The nest boxes is also situated in the chicken tractor, for harvesting eggs.

 

Why Pasture Raised Eggs and not Free Range or Factory produced Eggs?

So What's the Difference?

Conventional eggs

Chicken farming, like all other businesses, is all about PROFITS. Don’t be fooled by clever marketing phrases on the cartons. A box of eggs with a picture of a pretty chicken frolicking on a green grassy field with the wording, “Fresh Eggs” is tricky and deceiving. It translates to “Miserable Chickens: buy these eggs so we can make more money while you eat a low-nutrient egg.”

Chickens are raised in factories where they are crowded together in a very confined area, trampling on each other every day. Some are kept in individual cages with no room to move. It might have never crossed your mind, but this is a potential breeding condition for bacteria and disease!


Well by golly, there goes the farmer’s profit if some of the chickens died! So what do they do to prevent that from happening? They stuff antibiotics down their system, which means some of these antibiotics can end up in your eggs. Hormones can also be given to boost up their egg production. It makes sense from a profit perspective since more laid eggs equal more profit.

Pastured eggs

Pastured eggs are laid by chickens that are raised on the green pasture (Cover crops in our case), with access to the sun, bugs, and fresh air. The chickens eat a natural omnivore diet full of bugs, the way Mother Nature wanted them to do.

Cage free

Cage free systems are still not the best, considering they are still living in crowded hen houses. This means they are trampling around in their own feces and other chicken’s feces. They have no room to move or even spread their wings. No fresh air, no sunlight.

Free range

You would think the next best thing is free range. You immediately visualize beautiful landscapes of hens wandering around a green bed of beautiful grass with the sun shining on them all day. In fact, free range is not much different from cage free, with the exception of a tiny door or ramp that leads to another tiny area. They must have access to the outdoors. With thousands of chickens confined in one area, do you think they actually use that door?

Organic eggs

Organically raised chickens must be fed food that is free of pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, hormones, and antibiotics. That must be good news right? Not necessarily. However, they are your next best choice if you don't have access to pastured eggs.
Read this article to learn more about organic eggs. You will be amazed!

Vegetarian

This term may be used to imply that chickens are eating a “healthier” diet, when in fact they are eating corn, soybeans, and grain.

Omega 3 enhanced eggs

These chickens are fed a diet of flax seed or fish oils.
In conclusion, chickens that are free to run around and eat grass, bugs, and greens just lay a much superior egg. No egg produced in a large commercial egg factory/operation can compare. Of course, you could eat more conventional eggs to reap the same amount of nutrition, but then you are adding more calories to your diet.

Small farmers supply fresh eggs from chicken that are raised organically in a nice environment with a large open area. You might even be lucky enough to purchase the eggs on the same day they are laid. Find a local farmer in your area that raises chickens humanely. Ask questions and learn how the chickens are raised and fed.

 

 

So what are the takeaways here?

1.     Yolk color is the result of pigments in the chickens’ feed.

2.     Dark and light yolks have the same nutrition. 

3.     Ultimately, we get the biggest nutritional bang for our buck by eating the whole egg since all those nutrients work together in our bodies.

According to a study from 2007 Mother Earth News egg testing project, conventional store bought eggs are nutritionally inferior to pastured eggs. Compared to official U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) nutrient data for commercial eggs, eggs from hens raised on pasture may contain:

·         1⁄3 less cholesterol

·         1⁄4 less saturated fat

·         2⁄3 more vitamin A

·         2 times more omega-3 fatty acids

·         3 times more vitamin E

·         7 times more beta carotene

·         4–6 times more vitamin D

Whole Eggs Are Among the Most Nutritious Foods on Earth

One whole egg contains an amazing range of nutrients.

In fact, the nutrients in there are enough to turn a single fertilized cell into an entire baby chicken.

Eggs are loaded with vitamins, minerals, high-quality protein, good fats and various other lesser-known nutrients.

One large egg contains (1):

Vitamin B12 (cobalamin): 9% of the RDA
Vitamin B2 (riboflavin): 15% of the RDA
Vitamin A: 6% of the RDA
Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid): 7% of the RDA
Selenium: 22% of the RDA
Eggs also contain small amounts of almost every vitamin and mineral required by the human body, including calcium, iron, potassium, zinc, manganese, vitamin E, folate and many more.
A large egg contains 77 calories, with 6 grams of quality protein, 5 grams of fat and trace amounts of carbohydrates.

It's very important to realize that almost all the nutrients are contained in the yolk, the white contains only protein.

What’s the Difference Between White and Brown Eggs?

Why are chicken eggshells different colors? Seriously, this question should be a 1,000-pointer on Jeopardy!

The color of a chicken’s egg entirely depends on the breed of chicken. That’s right. Like so much in life, it all comes down to genetics.

The biggest misconception out there is that “all eggshells are naturally brown, and white eggs were bleached.” BUZZ! Incorrect. While it is true that eggs are cleaned before being packaged and sent to your grocery store, they are not bleached.

In fact, most eggs start out white, but different breeds are genetically coded to release different colored pigments as the egg passes through the hen’s oviduct. Voilà! You have different colored eggs. Just like when you dye Easter eggs, the pigment doesn’t penetrate the shell. Inside, eggs all look more or less the same (although you may see lighter or darker yolks depending on what the chickens are eating at that time of year).

What kind of eggs are the healthiest?

For this reason, poached and boiled (either hard or soft) eggs may be the healthiest to eat. These cooking methods also don't add any unnecessary calories. All that being said, eating eggs is generally super healthy, no matter which way you cook them.

Thank you for taking time to read about our operation and do visit us for a warm and friendly working farm experience!

If there is any info needed, you can contact Johan Smith - 066 2294 802 & Janet Smith - 082 7701 748           or  e-mail us at book@imla.farm

 

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