Our Farms

Egg Packing & Distribution Centre

Two Wells, SA

In January 2018, Days Eggs expanded its grading and warehouse capacity at the Hart Road, Lower Light factory installing a new egg grading complex and installed and commissioned a new, high speed, large volume, computerised egg grading machine.

It also includes a UV Sanitiser, an inline washing & sanitising plant and oiling plant. Currently the machine has the capacity to grade 126,000 eggs per hour. The new expansion provided an 800 pallet warehouse and distribution load out facility.

Days Eggs has a team of over 90 employees in South Australia and provides support for additional businesses supplying stock, feed, transport, packaging and general supplies to the continuing and expanding production capability.

the journey of an egg

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Our eggs are collected fresh, 7 days a week at our various farms
across SA, and brought to our facility at Lower Light.

Eggs are loaded onto the grading machine in stacks of 30-egg trays

Individual trays are picked up and loaded on to a conveyor

All eggs are picked up by suction caps and gently loaded on to rollers

Empty cartons are loaded in to the machine ready to be filled.

Each individual carton is separated and moved through the machine

Eggs move through the machine and are washed, sanitised, weighed
and packed into the appropriate carton according to weight.

Once filled, cartons and trays are moved by conveyor to the packing end of the machine.

Individual cartons are packed by hand by staff at the packing end, into cardboard boxes.

Full boxes are loaded on to a conveyor to go to the warehouse ready to
be picked for orders for delivery.

Eggs are ready to be picked for orders and delivered to your local store!

fresh from the farm to you!

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Free Range Eggs

McLaren Vale, Adelaide Plains, Roseworthy, Port Germein SA

Free range hens are housed in sheds and have regular and meaningful access to an outdoor range where they are free to roam and forage. Whilst this is perceived by most as being ideal, due to the outdoor exposure, free range hens are susceptible to survival challenges including weather, predators, disease and social pecking orders. Due to this, medicinal treatments are generally necessary in free range production.

Free range allows hens the largest amount of freedom to express natural behavior but has the highest rates of survival challenges of any production system.

With Days Eggs modern production systems, when not ranging, hens have the freedom of choice to stay cool in summer and warm in winter while roosting inside the shed. For this reason, while the hens can access the outdoors, many choose to stay inside the laying shed.

Barn Laid Eggs

McLaren Vale, Adelaide Plains, Roseworthy, Port Germein SA

Barn hens are free to roam at will within the protection of temperature-controlled, large barns. They are provided with comfortable perches and access to fresh food and fresh water at all times. The hens lay their eggs in central nesting boxes which allow the egg to automatically roll to a central conveyor, where they are transported to a centralised egg packer.

Days Eggs has invested substantially to provide the highest quality employee livestock management training, combined with the latest automated technology and environmentally housed barn sheds.

The barns are identical to the free range systems described above, however the hens in barn systems remain within the protection of the barn. They are provided with the luxury of a protected environment, meaning they are less susceptible to the survival challenges of the outdoors.

Cage Eggs

Port Pirie, South Australia

Our Napperby poultry farm in the Southern Flinders Ranges of SA, sets the highest standard in egg production today. This immaculate, professionally-managed facility provides the very best in animal welfare. Using world’s best practice technology, we are able to provide the highest standards of hen welfare, egg hygiene and strict bio-security.

The hen houses provide a large, safe, disease-free and chemical-free environment for the hens. They are able to walk, flap their wings, stretch, perch, and they are protected from stress from predators. The sheds are maintained at constant temperatures all year round which means the hens are cosy, comfortable and protected all year round. Due to the strict bio-security and protection from external challenges, cage hens do not require medicinal treatments.

It is a little-known fact that, historically, all egg farmers started out in free-range production. However, cage farming was introduced in the 60's and 70's as a way to combat increased disease and mortalities. It established monumental improvement.

Farmers back then were told to get their hens off the ground and into cages in pursuit of better welfare. At its core, this innovation encouraged farmers to separate their hens from manure and in doing so, limit the spread of disease and the rate of mortalities. There were also benefits in creating stable pecking orders.

When it comes to behavioural instincts, cages are proven to deliver better hen welfare outcomes. Cage farming is particularly important to ensure we have a strong farming presence in areas where climates are not conducive to sustainable free-range production, such as tropical and very hot, dry climates. In addition to these animal welfare benefits, they provide important broader advantages in food safety and biosecurity.