Sommerlad heritage chicken liver - app 400 gm
Sommerlad heritage chicken liver - app 400 gm
Sommerlad heritage chicken liver - app 400 gm
Sommerlad heritage chicken liver - app 400 gm
Sommerlad heritage chicken liver - app 400 gm

Sommerlad heritage chicken liver - app 400 gm

Sommerlad heritage chicken liver - app 400 gm

Regular price $14.60
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Liver from super healthy, slow growing, pasture-raised chickens.
  • Regenerative / pasture-raised
  • No preservatives, additives, fillers, gluten
  • Order by midday / next day delivery
  • In stock, ready to ship
  • Backordered, shipping soon
Tax included.

Grassland Sommerlad Heritage chickens arrive fresh every fortnight so, depending on when you order, your chicken may be frozen.

Organ meats from healthy animals offer high levels of critical nutrients and protein in a highly available, active form that our bodies can access and use quickly and efficiently. The operative word here is 'healthy'. Organs such as the liver and kidneys perform critical filtering and cleansing functions in the body. So you're after organs from the healthiest animals you can find!

About liver

Liver is rich in protein, low in calories and packed with essential minerals and vitamins but it's particularly important because it supplies vitamins in easily accessible, 'active' forms such as vitamin D3, B12, folate, choline and retinol ('active' vitamin A). By contrast, plant sources of vitamin A require us to convert them during digestion in order to use them. And, of course, liver is rich in iron, supplied in the haem form which is helps maintain adequate stores of iron, particularly important for women.

About Grasslands Sommerlad chickens

Grassland Sommerlad Heritage chickens live up to four times longer than the generic, white broiler chickens that make up 99.9% of the Australian meat chicken industry and the slow growth and genetics allow for the development of strong bones and more deeply flavoured meat. Sommerlad birds have longer legs and more even meat distribution than the breast-heavy white broiler chicken and they are vigorous, athletic, curious hunters, ranging far afield in search of grubs and green pick.

They’re wonderful to look at too, with multi-coloured feathers and a variety of colours, shapes and sizes - breeds include Transylvanian Naked Necks, Australian Game, Croad Langshan and Plymouth Rock.

Read the Grassland Sommerlad case study in our cookbook, The Ethical Omnivore.

Grassland Sommerlad chickens are bred, hatched, raised and processed onsite by Kim and Bryan Kiss at Grasslands Poultry Farm, near Wellington in NSW. Grasslands are one of a very rare handful of small scale Australian poultry farms that can boast a closed loop process in which everything happens on the farm - good for humans, animals and the environment.  

Sommerlad Heritage chickens are the result of a 15 year breeding project developed by Michael and Kathryn Sommerlad to develop an old-fashioned, deeply-flavoured table bird designed specifically to thrive outside on Australian pastures with the highest animal welfare outcomes.

"We’ve specifically bred them to thrive in free-range pasture rearing environments. (Characteristics include) active foraging behaviour, heat-resistance, balanced body confirmation and strong legs, as well as good liveability with improved, natural resistance to diseases endemic to Australian poultry flocks.”
Michael and Kathryn Sommerlad

Sommerlad Heritage chickens represent a profoundly welcome return to the days before a single genetic strain of white chicken was raised by the thousands in artificial light inside sheds with the exclusive purpose of achieving maximum efficiency, volume and speed to market with the least investment.

Awards

Sommerlad Heritage chickens have been winning annual awards every year since they came on the market in 2015. The Sommerlads won the national Delicious Produce Award 'From the Paddock' category in 2015 and 2016 and were awarded a special Innovation Award in the same competition in 2016.

Grassland Poultry Sommerlad Chickens have been State Winners and National Delicious Awards Gold Medallists in 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022. 

What the birds eat

The birds have access to a starter crumble with no GM, hormones, medications or soy products. Then from three weeks they are also given whole grains of wheat, sunflower, corn and sorghum. This is highly unusual as most meat and egg chickens are given milled or cracked grains. As we know, whole grains hold greater nutritional value than the standard chicken diet of cracked or milled grain and digesting whole grains stimulates the entire digestive system and results in a stronger, healthier bird. In addition, they spend their days foraging and hunting across grassland, selecting from a smorgasbord of bugs, dirt and a diverse range of plants.

We’re proud to have been actively supporting this project and selling Sommerlad birds since late 2014.

More information

Our first delivery of Sommerlad chickens
Why did the chicken cross the road? Because it could.
Kim and Roger
Rebecca's Magical Sommerlad chicken

Photos by Alan Benson, from our book, The Ethical Omnivore.