Local egg production trainee recognised with national award
SILVERDALE Eggs has broken free from its shell as a small-scale alternative production farm, gaining national recognition for employing the Trainee of the Year.
Poultry supervisor Misty Burgess travelled to Perth on November 20 to receive the prestigious award.
"I was pretty humbled by the announcement," said Ms Burgess.
"The people I was up against largely came from farms with one million birds."
Ms Burgess utilised the opportunity to network with key figures in the Australian egg industry, promoting the regenerative agricultural procedures applied at Silverdale Eggs.
"A few people were particularly interested in the way we do things," she said.
"I'd love to think more farms will progress in the same direction in using mobile trailers, providing a great environment for the birds and employees."
Farm manager Dan Carney said it was a great achievement for alternative egg production, Silverdale Eggs and for Ms Burgess.
"We are very happy to see this award go to a trainee working in the alternative egg production as opposed to caged eggs," he said.
"A fantastic result for Misty and we are very proud of her."
The RSPCA-approved free-range egg farm located in Calliope is positively influencing the egg industry, leading the way for sustainable farming.