Sustainable free range egg production

At the Lakes Free Range Egg Company, our products have strong ethical, environmental and sustainable provenance – something demanded by consumers and our key customers.

David and Helen with their children

Group Photo

With Hens

“Environmental provenance + enhanced animal welfare = commercially sustainable family farms.”

Our production model is based on leading animal welfare combined with environmental best practice; it also focuses on supporting our rural economy where possible. It is a model that’s replicable and sustainable – even for the 50% of our producers who farm on severely disadvantaged land.

What makes us pioneers in sustainability?

  • Most of our producers farm within 30 miles of the factory – we keep food miles to the minimum.
  • Our new state of the art factory was built using local craftsmen and suppliers to the highest specification, with the latest technologies to minimise our effect on the environment.
  • Commitment to recycling, reusing and reducing: 0% to landfill, 50% reduction in water consumption.
  • Installation of a bio-mass boiler, ground source heat pump and solar energy creates renewable energy.
  • We will be carbon neutral in 2015
  • Bio-diversity Action Plans that enriches ranges and benefits local wildlife
  • Enhanced ranges improve animal welfare and egg production; our hens lay an industry leading 314 eggs/year which helps make our producers more profitable.
  • Previously unprofitable farms on severely disadvantaged land are now making a living and families are returning to farming.
  • The average age of our producers is 44 –almost 20 years younger than the national average
  • 70% of our turnover remains within our local community
  • Many of our factory staff can walk to work!
  • Shared learning with customers like: McDonald’s, Sainsbury’s, Booths.
  • We work with schools and colleges to promote awareness of local, sustainable farming.

We set the Sustainability benchmark in the industry and the UK:

  • McDonald’s use us as a Global Case study for Environmental Sustainability
  • British Egg Industry Council (BEIC) Awarded us ‘2014 Farm Business of the Year’
  • Business In the Community Awarded us 3 National Sustainability Awards:
    • National Sustainable Supply Chain
    • National Rural Action
    • National Sustainable Products and Services