Award-winning Scottish egg producer reveals secrets
â€œYou get out what you put inâ€ says Ayrshire farmer Jim
Smillie, winner of a prestigious egg quality award for the second consecutive
With eggs that had the best weight, yolk colour, shell thickness and shell
colour, Jim and his wife Anne took the top prize in the 2007 Scottish Egg
The winning eggs came from a flock of free-range Hyline hens that were
37-weeks old, peaked at 96% production and were fed on ABN's feed ration F710
The Smillies believe that the high quality of their eggs is due to the
quality of the chickens they buy in; Jim's own husbandry; and good
Jim and Anne started with a small flock of 800 birds at Corrie Mains Farm
in 1996. They later expanded to 13,000 laying hens, as well as a number of
ducks, quail, geese and rheas.
The couple is now re-locating two miles up the road from Corrie Mains to a
65-acre site, where all their chickens will be free-range. They supply eggs to
regional food retailers and local primary schools, as well as on their regular
Corrie Mains' farmers market stall in Glasgow, Paisley and Ayrshire.
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