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THE MACS FARM BRAND REMOVED FROM TESCO STORES: Why we think that this is a step backwards in the farming industry

Unfortunately, it has been brought to our attention by multiple consumers that our beautiful family egg box has disappeared from Tesco stores in the South East. We are so very sad about this and we have since been inundated with questions as to where they have gone. As we have had no confirmation that this has happened or an explanation as to why, sadly we can only presume that they have been taken off the shelves to be replaced with another brand of Organic egg. This will be a generic brand and will be filled with eggs from various farms, including our own. As many of you know, we have had our own brand of Organic Free-Range eggs in Tesco stores for years now, which in an amazing achievement for a family run farm like ours. Our lovely box represented a local family run farm that people could visit to

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Re homing our girls – Help us to give our chickens the retirement home they deserve.

January will be a busy but rewarding month on the farm as we are re homing 5,200 of our hardworking girls! Re homing is not normal farming practice and in this industry commercial chickens are not normally kept for any longer than 80 weeks. This is because as the birds get older, the quality of the egg shell sometimes deteriorates. This then can be a risk when going through a rigorous packaging process. However, after they have worked so hard for us and produced thousands of delicious eggs we feel it is only right that we try our best to find them new homes rather than send them to slaughter. As a family, this option best suits us and it is something we want to carry on in to the future. Over the past 9 years we have worked with some amazing organisations who have helped us re home nearly

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Don’t be afraid to ask where your food and drink is coming from!

Gaining knowledge and being educated is the only way things in the world ever change. It is the same with our food and drink. The more you know about it, the more likely you are to step back and appreciate the product you have in front of you and the journey it has been on to end up there. That is why we dedicate so much of our time to teaching people about farming and food and giving them an opportunity to ask questions and consequently, go onto to make small, positive changes in their shopping behaviours. Farming is changing and we want the public to know how and why. One of the ways in which we try and challenge this issue and tackle the subject of food and farm education, is by taking our campers on farm tours. We take them on our farm trail, through a field that

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Make 2018 the year you back British farming!

In my books, farming is one of the most important jobs in the whole world, and in this country we are so lucky to have so many amazing producers right on our door step. It is a subject that we hold really closely to our hearts here on the farm and it is so important, now more than ever that we start to fly the flag and make 2018 the year we back British farming! There are so many positives to buying British products. We have the highest standards and regulations in the entire world. You can ensure traceability, you have fewer food miles and you get products that are farmed openly and honestly. The positives go on and on and on, and they all contribute to us having confidence in the British products that we can eat and drink every single day. Don’t get me wrong, shopping behaviours and

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Giving eggs as gifts

Yes you heard us right! We think eggs and in fact all local produce is the perfect gift all year round, but especially over Christmas and New Year.    Whenever we visit friends and family over the festive period and in fact at any time during the rest of the year, we always take our delicious eggs with us to give as a gift. Perhaps somebody is having you over for dinner, perhaps somebody you love isn’t feeling too well or maybe you have a new born baby to celebrate- for any occasion we always try to encourage people to take eggs with them to give a gift that is a little different. Don’t get me wrong, traditional gifts such as flowers and choccies are beautiful and lovely but food gifts are becoming increasingly popular and there is just something about receiving a product that is unusual, useful and that

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Merry Christmas from us all at The Macs Farm!

I absolutely love this time of year as things are a little quieter for us. We do get asked all the time what it is like on our farm over Christmas and New Year and our answer is always the same….. It is pretty similar to any other day of the year! We are lucky enough to spend Christmas day with the ones that we love but our day is a little different to most as we have to fit it around the farm and our chickens. Our farm and our animals always come first and even though we have asked them very nicely to hold off, all of our 18,000 hens will continue to lay their eggs on Christmas day. A farm never shuts down and the agricultural industry never closes, which means we are open 7 days a week, 365 days of the year. Animals still have to

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