- Andrea GantzA new layer barn for egg company Hillandale Farms has been proposed in Pennsylvania.
Plans for a new Hillandale Farms layer house in Codorus Township in York County, Pennsylvania, have been submitted to the local planning commission.
The facility will be operated by James Bailey, who submitted the plans for the new building. If approved and built, the barn will be capable of holding 60,500 chickens, reported ydr.com.
Bailey and Hillandale Farms had previously submitted a set of plans to the township for a new layer farm and feed mill.
The company and Bailey have faced some local opposition to the layer farm and feed mill project, mainly from a group known as York County Friends of Family Farmers, which expressed worries about increased truck traffic and increased water use if the plans come into fruition.
Should Hillandale’s plans for the construction of new facilities be realized, it will complement additional growth plans that have recently been revealed. Hillandale Farms in July purchased three egg farms in Maine from Moark LLC – the last three farms owned by that company. Moark had previously sold its Western operations to the Southern California Egg Cooperative and its Midwestern operations to a newly created company, Opal Foods.
Hillandale Farms, according to the WATTAgNet Top Poultry Companies Database, is the seventh largest egg producer in the United States, housing an estimated 9 million laying hens. The company has production facilities in the Northeast, Midwest and Southeast and supplies retailers and distributors throughout the eastern half of the United States.