Chicken and Egg Issue 12 - page 26-27

Chicken & Egg. Welfare and Food Together.
Chicken & Egg. Welfare and Food Together.
In every issue we like to showcase some of
our great British farmers. This time around
the spotlight is on Andrew Jackson, who is
very proud of his organic free range hens at
Haresfield Farm, and we tend to think he’s
justified in feeling that pride.
Andrew became interested in organic
farming whilst spending time in Australia
and, after completing a degree in organic
farming at Aberystwyth University, he rented
a field in Herefordshire for his first flock of
2,000 organic hens, sleeping under canvas
on a nearby campsite to be close to the hens
Andrew Jackson
at Haresfield Farm
As the business steadily grew, Andrewwas
able to invest heavily, eventually making the
move to Haresfield Farm, Wiltshire in 2006
where his hens now enjoy 60 acres of
glorious Wiltshire countryside.
In Andrew’s own words the reason he elects
to farm organically is ‘because it’s the
closest way to farm in line with the ethos of
backyard chickens, but it’s also a clever way
to farm as the system is designed to work
without the need to medicate birds, and to
ensure the best tasting eggs with higher
omega 3 content’.
Finally, Andrew has a short video which
illustrates well how much his hens enjoy life
outdoors; take a peek at the link on www.
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