Farm To Plate
From Farm to Plate; The Egg Grading Story
Step 1 – Collecting Eggs
Every day at farms across the country eggs are collected and placed onto trays. These trays are packed on pallets which are transported via refrigerated trucks to our closest production facility.
Step 2 – Washing and Oiling
At our production facilities, the eggs are picked up from the trays by suction heads and placed onto a conveyor belt.
Here they are washed and cleaned to remove any dirt that may have been picked up at the farm.
Once cleaned, the eggs are passed through a re-oiling station where a micro fine mist of oil recoats the clean shell with natural oil that washing has removed.
Step 3 – Quality Assurance Testing
After cleaning, random samples are taken from each delivery of eggs and checked by the Quality Control Department. The egg is broken out onto a level surface and the height of the thick albumen (white) is measured. This measurement is correlated with the weight of the egg to give a haugh unit measurement.
Eggs that do not have the correct haugh unit measurement are not packed as First Quality Eggs.
Step 4 – Egg Candling
During candling each egg rotates over a strong light source which enables a sensor to detect any defects such as cracks in the shell, or internal defects like blood spots. The electronic sensor in the machine redirects these eggs so they are not sent to the First Quality packing chutes.
These sensors are checked and calibrated on regular basis to ensure they are always in working order.
Eggs that are do not make the strict guidelines for first quality eggs are further processed and pasteurised in our processing plant and become value-added items.
Step 5 – Egg Grading and Packing
The grading machine weighs each egg electronically and automatically directs it to the correct weight packing chute. These eggs are then packed into egg cartons and stamped with a best before date. These cartons are then placed into outer cartons which run down the conveyor belt and are sealed.
The packaged eggs are then moved into a large temperature controlled cool room, where they are stored until they are delivered to a retailer distribution centre for sale at local supermarkets. This is where you find them on the shelf ready to be purchased and made into yummy meals. Check out our recipe page for easy meal ideas using Farm Pride eggs.