Sasso A New Breed
Consumer demands are changing with more attention paid to animal welfare. The use of antibiotics in animal production has to come down to a minimum level due to societal demands and government legislation. Well educated and higher income consumers look for something extra in meat such as better taste, known origin and intrinsic value of good production.
The Sasso is a unique breed of poultry that benefits from a well nurtured, slow grown lifestyle. This allows the birds to develop naturally, enabling the nutrients of their feed to impart a distinct natural flavour profile.
|Sasso Slow Grown Craft Bred Chicken|
|Our chickens are slowly grown taking 84-90 days
to reach market maturity (almost twice as long) as conventional intense grown breeds
|Sasso chickens have long legs, slender bodies and v-shaped breasts|
|These birds have solid bone densities
and thick skeletons due to their slow growth rate
|Our Chickens are born in Quebec, , from pure stock and prize wining roosters|
|They are raised without antibiotics, and vegetable proteins. We have effectively eliminated the use of mechanically man made proteins|
|Sasso chickens have normal organ sizes for their age due to their slow natural growth.This allows the nutrients of their feed to permeate their meat, resulting in a much richer tastier bird.|
|They are encouraged to forage naturally via the deep bedding provided. This allows for natural behavior patterns and a healthier lifestyle.|
|Slow growing our birds produces a higher quality, nutrient dense meat that's packed with flavour texture and juices|
The goal is to “grow” some of the protein for the birds in the bedding. To do this you must create the right conditions; an “if you build it, they will come” type of scenario. When this ideal medium is achieved, the birds will begin to scratch out deep bowls in the bedding as they search for these proteins, therefore naturally supplementing their diets and eliminating our reliance on mechanically man-made proteins. This creates a more nutrient-dense chicken in the process.
Chickens originate from the jungle fowl of the Indian subcontinent. In their natural environment hens spend much of their time foraging for food. This means that they are highly motivated to perform species specific behaviours that are typical for chickens (natural behaviours) such as foraging, pecking, scratching, and feather maintenance behaviours like preening and dust bathing. It is impossible for them to behave this way in overcrowded, large commercial operations.
Chickens are natural omnivores
Large-scale organic and free-range poultry producers love to advertise the “natural” status of their birds. Certainly, a chicken who does not forage naturally does not have access to insects or it would lose the privilege of this label. We can also assume that no access to insects means no access to pasture, little to no access to the outdoors, or worst of all, continuous confinement.
Unfortunately, intense raised poultry induces a paler, weaker egg yolk than their omnivorous counterparts. There is absolutely nothing natural about an intense raised chicken and to be sure, the nutrient profile of eggs and meat from birds raised this way is going to be far inferior to birds which are allowed to grow and behave naturally.
Our chickens are active and energetic with firm texture, reddish meat and yellow skin – all the hallmarks that poultry connoisseurs insist are the signs of a well bred chicken.