The Thulani Free Range StoryChicken

The eggs taste so good because the hens live so good  

The owner and operator of Thulani Free Range Eggs, Bruce Greig was born and raised in South Africa.  From an early age he expressed an interest in farming.  Since then his main goal in life was to become a farmer.  To this end Bruce studied agriculture at University and worked on farms during vacations.  He travelled for three years around the world working on farms and studying overseas agricultural industries.  He arrived in New Zealand in the spring of 1999 to work on a Southland dairy farm. 

Since then he has taught at Telford Rural Polytechnic, worked as an extension officer in the dairy industry and is currently teaching at Lincoln University as well as farming Thulani.

Bruce bought Thulani in 2006 on the outskirts of Lincoln.  Bruce has recently begun a new challenge of farming free range hens for egg production on this former dry stock property.  “Thulani” is the Zulu (native tribe of Africa) word for peace and quiet. It is a small farm alongside the Halswell river overlooking Canterbury’s Port Hills.

Bruce enjoys working with hens and believes his system allows the birds to express their natural behaviour, have continuous and permanent access to pasture, and produce wholesome fresh eggs.  These eggs are brought to you direct from the farm.

 Bruce with cattle in 1975   Bruce in 1975

Locally grown in Lincoln, foothills of the Port Hills  Hen house 2

Genuine free range

Continuous and permanent access to pasture

Fresh eggs directly to you from the farm

Hens enjoy a nutritionally balanced diet

Locally owned, grown and operated by Bruce Greig

 

Minimum standard

Thulani Standard

Perching space (cm/bird)

15

23

Shed Floor space (cm2/bird)

550

864

Free range outdoor stocking density (birds/ha)

2500

600

Size of flock

15000

600

 

 

 

 

 

 

Food item cost per gram of protein comparison – August 2016

Food Item

Price

Weight or Volume

Protein content per 100g or litres

Cents per gram of protein

Dozen, mixed grade cage eggs

$3.10

582 grams

13

4.0

Dozen current cage eggs, size 6

$4.49

636 grams

13

5.4

Cheese block, mild

$12.50

1,000 grams

24.9

5.0

Colony, eggs , 10 Pk

$4.99

582 grams

13

6.6

Lamb Chops, shoulder

$10.99

590 grams

26.2

7.3

Milk, homogenised

$3.65

2 litres

32

5.7

Chicken, breast, skinless & boneless

$17.00

1,000 grams

22.9

7.4

Beef mince, premium

$19.00

1,000 grams

23.9

7.9

Chicken Thighs, skinless & boneless

$17.50

1,000 grams

22.9

7.6

Beef steak, rump

$20.99

1,000 grams

26.6

7.9

Barn eggs, dozen, Size 6

$7.49

636 grams

13

8.6

Cottage cheese

$5.29

500 grams

13.7

7.7

Pork, Loin chop

$16.99

1,000 grams

21.5

7.9

Dozen free range eggs, size 6

$6.99

636 grams

13

8.5

Tofu

$4.50

300 grams

17

8.8

Beef Steak, scotch fillet

$38.99

1,000 grams

28.9

13.5

Fish Fillets, gurnard skin & boneless

$32.00

1,000 grams

24.4

13.1

Scallops

$13.99

300 grams

16.8

27.8

         

All prices do not include sale items or items reduced to clear.

   

All listed food items were selected on the lowest price. Sourced on 19 August 2016 from Countdown Online Shop:  http://shop.countdown.co.nz/