Our award winning Nomad Chooks are lean, tender, healthy and tasty. They are raised in a brooder in their first few weeks of life, to protect them from weather and predators. Their Nomad Brooder opens daily to allow sunlight, fresh air and insects in and to encourage natural scratching and sun bathing behaviours. It also allows the chicks to become slowly accustomed to natural weather conditions so they are ready to be moved to pasture between 2 - 3 weeks of age.
On pasture, Nomad Chooks are housed in open pens which provide protection from predators, shelter from rain, wind and sun along with access to natural foraging, fresh air and sunlight etc. Half of the roof is covered to allow the chooks to choose to seek shelter and the pens are opened each day so they can chose to go even further afield. Our chooks are further protected by our guardian Maremma Banjo.
Nomad Chooks are moved onto fresh pasture every day which they find delicious along with the bugs they find and the grain, natural minerals and fresh water we provide. They are happy, healthy chooks and the production system is good for them, good for the land, and good for you.
Every one of them is able to scratch and forage, eat fresh grass, dust bathe, and enjoy the sunshine, every day. They consume NO antibiotics, NO hormones, NO chlorine, and NO coccidiostats. They are raised with immune systems not chemicals!
There is no waste produced, only lovely organic fertiliser left behind for the pasture to thrive on. And because the chooks don’t stay in one place for more than a day, and don’t return for 6-12 months, these chooks regenerate rather than pollute the pasture and the landscape.
All this adds up to a delicious, nutritionally dense, chemical free product which you can trust has lived well and regenerated land.
We also produce a range of delicious treats made with Nomad Chooks, which are lovingly crafted at the Olfactory Inn in Strathalbyn. The chef Simon Burr uses all local produce to make Chicken Liver Pate, Chicken Broth, Chicken Stock and Rendered Chicken Fat. These treats are of exceptional quality and flavour.
Some of what our customers have to say about Nomad Chooks:
"As a strong supporter of ethically raised animals and conscious food consumption, I have been a discerning meat buyer for years. Nomad chickens have filled a gap in the market where false claims and stretched truths have allowed the term “free range” to cover all manner of undesirable conditions for raising poultry. The chickens are lovingly treated, allowed to scratch and peck on acres of beautiful farm land and this quality of life is evident in the quality of their meat, which I find to be perfect in terms of leanness and texture. Nomad chickens are so substantial for their size – so much meat comes off them and the bones make an incredible stock, they are a truly quality product and different to any chickens that I have sourced before."
Anna Reeves - McLaren Vale
"I recently bought some chicken from Nomad Farm (9 to be exact). This was my first purchase and I dove into it with fingers crossed and delivered them all over town to different members of my family. This morning I got feedback from all the deliveries and everyone was truly delighted. The difference in quality (taste, texture and even plumpness) is so dramatic that my grandmother had forgotten how superb quality chicken can be (she's in her nineties and still a complete food aficionado). As for me, a single gal, my Sunday roast (one chook) has thus far lasted 5 meals and is still going. YUM. I'll be buying again, thanks Nomad."
Megan - Parkside
"I like to know the provenance and ethics behind the produce I eat. I hadn't eaten chicken in over 3 years but was blown away by the taste, size and density of the Nomad birds. Truly free-range farming"
Nomad Farms is very proud to be producing the award winning Australian heritage breed - Sommerlad. Nomad Heritage Chickens have an inherently slow growth rate resulting in a beautifully balanced bird. Their meat is nutritionally dense and has outstanding texture and flavour.
Nomad Heritage Chickens are selected for the table between 10 and 14 weeks of age, (where as standard supermarket chicken is processed at 5 weeks of age). Their naturally slow growth rate allows their organs, muscles and bones to grow in harmony, and their longer outdoor life allows them time to develop intramuscular fat, and nutrient dense meat, with outstanding texture and flavour.
As are all Nomad Chooks, our heritage birds are non-certified organic and raised on pasture under the protection of our guardian Maremma dog, Banjo. Uniquely, Nomad Heritage Chickens from the first day of their lives are out on pasture in a mobile Nomad Pasture Brooder. Here they learn to actively forage amongst fresh pasture, dust bathe, and bask in the sun. At four weeks of age they then graduate to an open Nomadic Shelter. From here they roam free during the day foraging Nomad Farm's healthy, diverse and chemical free pastures, and roost in their Nomadic Shelter at night. The Nomadic Shelter is regularly moved onto fresh pasture for their benefit and so we keep up to our main game, regenerative farming. We use techniques which not only prevent damage to landscape, but actively regenerate it. For our efforts in exploring and sharing these ideas we were awarded the 2015 SA Landcare Award for Innovation in Sustainable Farm Practices.
So what does this all result in? An exceptional meat bird, raised in a natural and healthy environment that regenerates the land.
We do not currently have beef for sale but we're working on it!
Nomad Beef is 100% grass fed, hormone free and raised with plant, animal and human health in mind. We source quality cattle from other breeders at a young age as well as breeding our own.
Our cattle are moved every few days to fresh, chemical free pastures. This mimics the way herbivores move across the landscape in natural systems and is important for landscape, animal and plant health. Ultimately, we think it also produces a product which is tastier and more nourishing for humans.
Our pastures are managed to provide the cattle with a diverse range of plants, growing in biologically active soil, allowing them to access the greatest range of phytochemical compounds for their health and ours.
They are managed using low stress stock handling techniques, which is equally important for their physical and emotional wellbeing, our quality of farming life, and ultimately the quality of the beef produced.
We use techniques which not only prevent damage to landscape, but actively regenerate it. For our efforts in exploring and sharing these ideas we were awarded the 2015 SA Landcare Award for Innovation in Sustainable Farm Practices. This is something we're especially proud of as we see the custodianship of our land as a great privilege, and one we want to live up to.
Moving the cattle towards the end of a very dry 2014 spring, with an appropriate soundtrack!