Photo: Rohde's Farm.

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.

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Wednesday, April 4 2012
Produced By Sian Cain
Featured in storyKathy Barrett, Katham Springs Bio-Dynamic Free Range Eggs on Kangaroo IslandJohn Rohde, Rohde's Farm in the Clare Valley, South AustraliaHope Bertram, marketing manager for the RSPCA's Humane Food Program

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