FAQS

Where is Inglewood Farms?

Inglewood Farms is located just outside the township of Inglewood in the southern Darling Downs Region of Queensland, Australia

Are the chickens caged when in the sheds? And how much room do they have?

Once in the grow-out sheds the chickens are free-to-range with an adequate industry best amount of space.

Why is Inglewood Farms chicken more expensive than free range and conventional?

At Inglewood Farms we feed our birds a unique organic feed ration. The costs associated with this are significantly higher than conventional feed. This coupled with an increased cost of compliance to legislate animal welfare results in a notably higher production cost. We at Inglewood Farms believe the extra efforts are well reflected in the product quality.

Why are Inglewood Farms chickens white in colour?

Our processing facility at Inglewood Farms uses industry leading technology that uses a cooler water temperature that leaves the birds outer layer of skin free from burning.

How do I know if the chicken is Organic or not?

We are certified by the ACO (Australian Certified Organic). Inglewood Farms is regularly audited to guarantee the integrity of our organic products.

What is the lifespan of the chickens?

With no growth promotants in the feed ration, Inglewood Farms chickens grow to maturity at nature’s pace, taking almost twice as long as other birds. The organic way takes more time, more space and more care.

What are the chickens fed?

Our birds eat organic feed which includes some grain grown on the farm, the grain is grown without use of chemical fertilisers, chemical pesticides or genetic modification. The feed provides the natural building blocks for healthy chicken development.

Why is organic more expensive?

Organic is more expensive because it costs significantly more to produce, ensuring superior quality and no exposure to ‘quick fix’ chemicals. There is also a higher Animal Welfare Legislation standard which leads to increased cost of compliance.

Are chemicals used on Inglewood Farms?

Inglewood Farms uses a state of the art process of Air Chilling where birds are chilled down over a period of four to six hours, they achieve a core temperature of 0 – 4c. In comparison the conventional industry uses a process of Spin Chilling where the birds are dropped into a long tub of chlorinated iced slurry water, chilling down to core temperature in less than 5 minutes. Consequently as the birds cool down the absorb water and will have up to 9% weight gain in water. Inglewood Farms certified organic birds actually lose weight in the cooling process by 2% which enhances flavour and necessitates the need to cook the product slower.

What’s the difference between organic and free range?

View ‘Organic Vs Free Range‘ page.

Is organic actually free range?

Completely, being organic means that Inglewood Farms chickens are free-to-range on dedicated forage pastures. At night the chickens return to large purpose built sheds, where they are kept comfortable from the elements and safe from predators.

Are Inglewood chickens halal certified?

Inglewood Farms does not participate in the Muslim halal program. This means our plant does not slaughter chickens in the manner required to be halal certified and we do not pay any money to a halal endorsing body for the halal certification mark. It is important to note that this is a separate issue and does not effect the quality of the chicken we process – it only means we are not participating in the halal program. We have a modern, well designed processing plant that humanely slaughters our chickens and we are certified organic, registered with Safe Food QLD, AQIS accredited and also maintain HACCP and WQA certifications.

How is my chicken packaged and what is it made of?


MAP Packaging
At Inglewood Farms, we aim to keep all our product as fresh as possible and have therefore chosen the state-of-the-art packaging system called “Modified Atmosphere Packaging” or MAP.

It is well known that by exposing our food to ‘air’, microbes such as bacteria can make our food expire quickly and result in a wasted purchase. In order to keep our Inglewood Farms Organic Chicken products as fresh as possible, we opt to remove the oxygen from the packaging and thereby change the ‘air’ or ‘atmosphere’ surrounding the meat; without the use harmful additives. “Modified Atmosphere Packaging” (MAP) allows us to do this by utilising a natural, inert gas compound which we use to flush out and replace the oxygen. This method significantly reduces the growth of any microbes on our fresh product and ensures the longevity of the chicken both in the supermarket and at home in your refrigerator. Therefore by modifying the surrounding ‘atmosphere’, our freshly packed chicken is protected from the air and this means you can be sure that our product is always kept at its best.

In contrast to the process of vacuum sealing a product, we aim to keep our chicken in protective packaging without the compression or rigidity of other packaging varieties. In our process, there is a regulated quantity of inert gas flushed through each pack and therefore a raised or flat top seal on your chicken pack is not related to the ‘freshness’ of the chicken.

We consistently monitor our packing process and are confident that we are using a safe and simple technique that keeps the bacteria at bay, ensuring you receive a premium product, ready to be cooked and enjoyed. Better for you and your family.

Recyclability

As an Australian Certified Organic producer, at Inglewood Farms we are consciously aware of the impacts that farming and production practices can have on the environment. This is best represented by our commitment to Organic production – going above and beyond our certification requirements – as well as actively seek out ways to improve our environmental sustainability whilst still remaining competitive in the marketplace.
In conjunction with our operations, ensuring our Organic Chicken is protected, thereby fit for consumption by consumers, is a priority. In order to for this to occur, we seek out Food Safe accredited packaging material that found to be safe, practical and smart. Creating an ethical balance between what is required and what is sustainable.

The materials we use in packaging vary between frozen and fresh product and as such, so too does the recyclability of some of the materials used. The preferred packaging material used is light, sheer and a slim design that has the desired result without creating an ‘overly packaged’ product and we therefore aim to keep it a very small percentage of the overall retail ready item.

The plastic film used to seal trays and package frozen product is designed to be versatile enough to mold around the various shapes of the chicken products held within them as well as keep moisture and air out. In this method, we provide further convenience for our customers by extending the time our product can be kept in the refrigerator; which in turn means that by increasing the shelf-life of our chicken, less food is thrown away as a result. This further reduces overall wastage of food and energy used in the production and supply of perishable goods. Utilizing this particular type of plastic does not result in a recyclable material, however new discoveries in food packaging occur regularly and we hope to see a more environmental substitute created in the future.
In order to receive fresh product, PVC trays are used and although these trays are a Recycling Code 7, not all councils have an established recycling facility for this type of plastic.
In regards to the bags used to safeguard our whole birds, they are moisture and air tight which not only protects our Organic Chicken through the supply chain, but it provides a suitable close-fitting form that does not take up unnecessary space and is recyclable throughout Australia.

Over time as new technologies come to the fore, Inglewood Farms plans to trial these new products ensuring they are not only safe, but environmentally friendly as well. Thus improving our sustainability whilst reflecting our core values. Return to Good.