Silver Dale Eggs cracks on to Gympie at new property
CALLIOPE's Silver Dale Eggs will be taken to Gympie this month after the business was sold to farmer Stuart Andrews.
Farm manager Dan Carney will be making the trip south too, and will continue his role on the 107 hectare Mary River property.
Mr Carney said the same free-range, sustainable values would be used in the Gympie property.
Silver Dale Eggs is one of the two RSPCA certified approved egg farms in Australia.
They will downsize from 500 to 330 chickens per hectare, which is one 30th of the current 10,000 hens per hectare legislated.
He said they had plans to expand into other industries, including vegetables and herb production, grass fed cattle and free range pigs.
"(Stuart's and my) values are very well aligned with doing things naturally and sustainably.
"We're going to make sure the facility can be generated within the system without applying chemical fertilisers," he said.
The chickens are used for more than just laying eggs.
They're pivotal in the farm production, providing manure to naturally fertilize the property's pasture.
The business was sold last month by Rob and Sandra Waterson.
While Mr Carney said it was sad to leave the Calliope farm, it was also a good move to make considering his family lives in Maleny.
"Rob and Sandra are happy to see it continue with me because they know all the hard work they've put in will continue.
"They're looking forward to see the next phase of Silver Dale Eggs and they're interested in how it will develop with pigs in the system too."