Our Farmers

Contract Farmer

The people who work the land and care for our animals are important to us. Our quality proteins begin right here, in our South African operations we process more than 1,4 Million poultry livestock weekly and we depend on our Independent Farmers every day. We believe in partnerships that inspire. The best partnerships happen through shared values and a shared commitment to the best outcomes. Independent Poultry Contract Growers Farming is not just the industry standard; it’s also a relationship we believe works well for everyone.

Our Independent Contract Grower Farmer

  • A wholesome chicken meal starts with chemical-free feeding
  • We are fortunate to collaborate with independent chicken farmers (growers) who are our valued partners. They share our unwavering commitment to delivering quality chicken products in a safe and responsible manner. Together, we act as responsible stewards of the animals, land, and environment entrusted to us. Our growers nourish our chicks with the finest chemical-free foods, enhancing the taste and quality of the meat we provide.
  • Today, we pay nearly R82 million annually to more than 1,600 poultry farmers who contract with us. Traditionally, companies like Daybreak Farms provide incentives to farmers to deliver safer, healthier and better quality chickens.

How to become a Daybreak Farms Independent Contract Grower Farmer

We supply the birds and feed, and provide technical advice, while the independent poultry contract farmer provides the labour, housing and utilities. This cooperation between Daybreak Farms and family farms increases efficiency and quality while maintaining affordable prices for consumers.

To be considered a Daybreak Farms Independent Contract Grower Farmer, you must have existing chicken housing or property that could be used to build housing, within an approximate 30-50 hectors radius of the feed mills that serve our poultry processing complexes. This is because of the efficiencies needed for delivering feed, chicks and providing service. In addition, the Daybreak Farms Breeders and Hatcheries Division in your area must also have a need for additional farmers.

To learn more about contract farming opportunities with Daybreak Farms Breeders and Hatcheries Division, contact the Daybreak Farms Breeders and Hatcheries Division nearest you.

Respecting our Partners

We respect and value the contribution of the Independent Contract Growers Farmers we work with and have detailed guidance for our relationship in the Daybreak Farms Independent Contract Growers Farmers Standard Contract Charter. Daybreak Farms also recently established a Poultry Farmers Contract Growers Advisory Council so we could have open, transparent communications between poultry contract grower farmers and Daybreak Farms through constant engagement and communications in solving their problems and finding ways to assist them.

  • Information detailing how much they are paid.
  • Discuss their contract with outside parties, including legal counsel.
  • A fixed length contract that can only be terminated for cause.
  • Join an association of contract poultry farmers.

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