LJ fairburn Poultry


L J Fairburn & Son Limited are proud to have some of the finest farming partners in the country supplying 25% of their total egg production. All of Fairburn’s producers work extremely hard to deliver the finest quality eggs, something which the family value and appreciate a great deal.


Richard has over 25 years experience of poultry and egg production having worked upon his parents poultry and arable farm from being a teenager, milling their own wheat for feed.

We started our business as a partnership in 2004 with a single mobile Free Range unit of 3,000 birds and soon after added another housing 4,000. This year we have a new unit of 7,300 totaling just over 14,000 birds on our farm and are still providing our own feed for our flocks.

We joined L J Fairburn & Son this May and are proud to be supplying this local family run business with our eggs.

Richard & Jess Brown


The Thomas family have been farming at Manor Farm, Shropshire since 1936, a successful dairy farm run firstly by Charles Thomas and later in partnership with his son Glyn.

Glyn took over the farm, moving the farming business forward, forming a strong working relationship with his wife Gwyneth.

Myles, one of their three children came home to farm in 1997 and soon joined the partnership. In 2006, the business changed direction. The cows were sold and their first Free Range hen house was built, housing 16,000 birds for egg production, this proved to be successful and in 2009 it was decided to build another free range house, again another 16,000 birds.

In 2010, Myles married Diana Rowson who he now runs the farm with. Sadly Glyn passed away in November 2012, but Gwyneth still shows a keen interest in the day to day activities. Expansion is always on the horizon at Manor Farm and a new multi-tier hen house was completed in 2014.

Myles and Diana Thomas
T C Thomas & Son


Sam and Shelley Traves run their 16,000 bird Freedom Food approved unit in Lincolnshire. Their current flock is their third, after previously farming dairy cattle and beef for some 10 years. Directly outside of the popholes, a five meter apron of large stones provides good drainage, helping to maintain good litter quality inside the shed. Beyond that, a 500m stretch of hawthorn hedge helps to draw the bird out onto the range. Sam said "we were lucky to have the hedge already in place from our previous enterprises – as well as a few old established trees." Sam can see that the hawthorn hedge is important in drawing hens out of the shed and onto the rest of the range and has the benefits of being quick to establish whilst requiring no maintenance.

Beyond the hedge, the Traves have planted an additional 500 trees of a range of species, including 23 birch and maple. These were planted with their first flock and are relatively immature but, having seen the benefits of the already established trees and hedges, the Traves plan to plant even more. “I plan to plant another 500 or so, but this time I plan to use fruit trees. I can sell the fruit at a local market and I know the hens will enjoy any fallen fruit. It’s a win-win. I’d recommend that producers thinking about planting cover think about tress that can provide extra income – whether it’s fruit, wood or even Christmas trees. The hens would love Christmas trees, they’re fast growing and they’d provide good winter cover too”.

But what’s more important than any added income is the benefit the natural cover brings to the birds. “We’re animal lovers; we do it because we can see that they enjoy it. It’s great to see the way they are on the range, trundling about, dust-bathing, pecking, and enjoying their environment.”

Sam & Shelley Traves


Heals are a Shropshire based family run farm. Heal Farms began in May 1952, when Roger and Vera Heal purchased a 3 acre site and filled it with wooden chicken coops, housing 400 birds.

In the late 1950s Roger decided to concentrate on producing point of lay pullets and to stop producing eggs. This became a very competitive business during the 12 years they were involved but it produced the funds to start the new business of Heal Eggs and so in 1965 Roger and Vera purchased Hazeldene for £15,000. Over time this became the centre of the intensive (colony) laying enterprise that is still going strong today.

Rogers’ son, Tony Heal, studied at Harper Adams Agricultural College for 3 years before returning home in 1986 to develop the arable side of the business. Tony’s interests at this time were more on the arable side and during the next 25 years he expanded the acreage from 350 acres to over 4000. The farming operation is made up of owned, contract, farm business tenancy and annual farm agreements. Many of which have established long working relationships.

Tony and Helen