Dakota Layers, Flandreau, S.D., is planning to expand.
The cooperative owned by approximately 100 South Dakota investor has about 1 million laying hens and is permitted for another 1 million birds.
With last year's problems in Iowa with an egg supplier, the company has seen "a greatly increased opportunity for sales." says Scott Ramsdell, president and CEO.
Dakota Layers employs 60 people and with add 35-45 jobs with the expansion.
Included in the expansion are plans to:
• Use chicken litter to make energy.
• Build a feed mill.
• Use colony cages for the laying hens. Colony cages will offer the chickens even more space to move around. The company current provides 67 square inch per bird – higher than the industry average "With regulation comes responsibility. We believe we are the most responsible laying hen and shell egg farm in the country and we intend to meet consumer expectations as we look forward," Ramsdell says..
The expansion was announced during South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard's recent tour of Dakota Layers. Other state officials were also on the the farm.
"The purpose of the tour was for the governor to see firsthand what a state-of-the-art shell egg farm is like. We need our state leadership to be aware of the opportunities we provide everyday for South Dakota economically and for American consumers. We are very happy that the governor made our business one of his first stops in his new administration." Ramsdell says.
Source: Dakota Layers, LLP