Genuine Pastured Eggs from the Bega Valley2020-01-22T08:58:07+00:00

Eggs for Bushfire Recovery

Hi! We are Tom & Joscelin McMillan and in September 2019 we bought Bega Valley Eggs. On two leased farms at Bemboka & Quaama, NSW we run our lucky hens, using rotational grazing to regenerate the soil and deliver the tastiest eggs possible!

On New Year’s Eve 2020, both our farms were burned as two separate bushfires swept through the beautiful Bega Valley.  Most of our hens were saved, and the grading room and equipment in Quaama miraculously spared, but without power and access to water we were unable to continue to grade and process our eggs, which means we were without income.

With just four months of operation under our belt and after investing in a new flock of chooks to see us through the busy summer season, we were banking on the summer trade to pay for the completion of our grading room and farm infrastructure at Bemboka.

We proudly have 35 stockists on the South Coast, and EVERY business we supply will be affected by the fires this season in some way, and possibly for months and years to come as a result of the devastating bushfires.

Photo by Helmut Eder — in Bemboka, New South Wales, Australia.

Share the Egg Love

Please help us AND our community by supporting our fundraiser.

Here’s how it works:

Your kind donation, made by way of purchasing eggs, is split in two parts.

PART 1 – 50% is donated to our Fire Fund, where you/we gift our stockists the eggs they would normally purchase from us, for free.  They can then sell them to their customers or in their cafes & restaurants and make an income from your donation.

PART 2 – The other 50% of your donation helps us to fund and build our new grading room and infrastructure on our farm at Bemboka and keep the wheels turning in our operation.

Bega Valley Eggs is community-minded and in the past have supported organisations like the Sapphire Community Pantry.  By donating and helping us fund our grading room and farm build, you’ll also be helping us be able to give back to our local community via charities.

Remember, the eggs don’t come to you, together we can get fresh, nutritious eggs into the stores, homes and mouths of people who are in need.

Your help will make a big difference to Bega Valley Eggs, our family, our community and many bushfire affected businesses in the region.

All donations are gratefully accepted.

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About Bega Valley Eggs

Bega Valley Eggs is owned and operated by Tom & Joscelin McMillan on their leased farm at Bemboka, NSW.  With the help of a small number of passionate staff and with their two young children in tow, they are the caretakers of 50 acres of pasture and 5000 hens.

Bega Valley Eggs was established in 2014, and in 2019 we bought the business after being raving fans ourselves.  Our hens live in purpose built, portable houses which we move through the pastures each week, fertilising the paddocks with invaluable manure.  They’re kept safe in electrified poultry netting and guarded by our maremma sheepdog, Romano.

Our customers include retail outlets, cafes and restaurants in the Bega Valley, Eurobodalla, Canberra & Sydney regions.  You can view our stockists.

Pastured vs. Free Range

40% of customers now buy free range eggs over caged eggs at the supermarket. As demand for free range increases, standards are lowered, lines are blurred. We produce pastured eggs that meet or exceed the following standards (RSPCA, organic, free range ETC). Flock size of free range eggs can be up to 10,000 birds per hectare. Ideal standards for free range eggs are 1500 per hectare. Bega Valley Eggs run stocking densities of less than 300 per hectare.

Pasture Raised

If you’ve never eaten an egg from a hen raised on sunshine, bugs and grass, then you are in for quite a treat. Deep orange, gooey yolks stand up tall within their thick, milky whites and a rich creamy flavour unlike any store-bought egg you’ve ever had.

Rotational management is quite different, though hens are given a quarter acre each day inside electric netting for protection; they are rotated every few days to fresh pasture with plenty of bugs and fresh grass to graze on.

Our hens’ night-time housing has no flooring underneath their perches which allows for manure to drop through. This both helps keep their headquarters clean and fertilises the soil at the same time. Soil is rested to allow for pasture improvement year on year

Pasture raised hens with access to fresh grassy pastures are more nutritious than what can pass for ‘free-range’ hens. Whilst there have been limited studies into the nutritional value of pastured eggs over cage eggs, these early studies indicate that they are nutritionally superior to a cage egg. So whilst your cost per egg may increase, pastured eggs are more nutrient-dense per calorie. So your cost per measure of nutrients is cheaper when it comes to pastured eggs. (Why supplement with Vitamin D when you can get 63-126% of your daily recommended intake from eating just two pastured eggs!)

Their colour, flavour and texture are made distinctive by high amounts of Vitamin A, D, E, K2, B-12, folate, riboflavin, zinc, calcium, beta carotene, choline, and tons of omega 3 fatty acids, including DHA, EPA, ALA, and AA. A pasture-raised egg is a true superfood.

Our Stockists

The stockists and the businesses you’ll be supporting by donating to our fundraiser include:

Backstreet Bakehouse, Merimbula
Bar Beach Kiosk, Merimbula
Bayside Meats & Deli on Perry, Batemans Bay
Blend, Tathra
Candelo General Store, Candelo
Candelo Wholefoods, Bega
Cranky Café, Merimbula
Cobargo General Store, Cobargo
Farmer Café, Bemboka
Funnells Meats, Malua Bay
Friendly Grocer, Tathra
Gulaga Organics, Bermagui
IGA Moruya
IGA Narooma
Il Passagio, Bermagui
Markets St, Merimbula
Mastercut Meats, Tura Beach
Narooma Fruit & Veg
Nourish On North, Batemans Bay
Oaklands, Pambula
Ollie Masons, Eden
Orr Meats, Tathra
Pambula Foodworks
The Plot, Bodalla
Sapphire Coast Aged Care, Bega
Sapphire Community Pantry, Bega
Sprout, Eden
Starfish Deli, Batemans Bay
Tathra General Supermarket
Whiters Butcher, Eden
Wild Orchid, Tathra
Wild Ryes, Pambula


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Address: Pollacks Flat Road, Bemboka, NSW 2550
Phone: 0413 545 734