Bob and Helen Kingery
Bob and Helen Kingery only started keeping their own commercial free range flock five years ago, but that didn’t stop them lifting the title of Producer of the Year 2012 at the British Free Range Egg Producer’s Association Free Range Awards.
Bob used to work for the Bernard Matthews brand, but after inheriting some land he and Helen decided to set up their own free range unit.
They have 14,000 free range hens which range on their 25 acre farm in Wrentham, near Beccles in Suffolk and Bob sticks to some golden rules that form the core values at his farm.
For instance ensuring the birds keep an above average weight and to achieve this he closely monitors their general wellbeing, a key factor in maintaining good weight levels, with regular visual inspections.
They all live in one Freedom Food approved unit and have access to 24 separate grass paddocks which are electric fenced to keep predators out. The paddocks are used in a monthly rotation, four at a time, to allow the grass to recover, meaning each paddock is only used for two months of the year, keeping it all nice and fresh.
Bob is a great believer in attention to detail and if he spots anything untoward he ramps up the visual inspections and will use additional vitamins to restore full health. His golden rules work well as he has consistently achieved better than average performance from his hens … that may be good for his bank balance, but it’s also hugely important for the welfare and wellbeing of his birds.
Congratulations from the BHWT to Bob & Helen on your Award.
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