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Farmers Hen House prides itself on
producing organic eggs on farms
that are viable and sustainable.
Courtesy Farmers Hen House

Egg grading and distribution
FHH's trucks pick up eggs at each
farm weekly. Each producer has a
refrigeration area on-site where they
store the eggs until pickup. Amish
producers use diesel-powered refrigeration units.
Once the eggs arrive on-site in
Kalona, they're graded and packaged. On average, four to six trucks
leave the plant every day. They use
contracted trucks to move the finished product to
distributors nationally.
As the business expanded, the Millers upgraded
their grader to a Diamond 8300 then an 8400 to go
along with it. Last summer, they upgraded to a new
Sanovo Optigrader 600 with 20 packers.
"We grade 3,000 to 3,500 cases per day, or 90,000
to 105,000 dozen," Miller said.
The company distributes its own labeled
product line, and packs for other private labels.
"There are several of us in the industry
that just produce specialty eggs," Miller said.
"Originally, a lot of the commercial guys
were coming to people like us because their conventional customers, like the Targets and Walmarts, were
starting to tell them, 'We need some of these specialty
eggs.' Commercial or conventional companies didn't
want to deal with producing this type of product."
He added that a lot of those companies are
producing their own specialty products now.

Farmers Hen House recently upgraded to a Sanovo Optigrader
600 with 20 packers. Deven King
it was the largest solar field in Iowa. FHH uses the
power first and any surplus energy is put on the grid
for others to use. Even in the winter months, when
sunshine is minimal, there is still more than enough
power to run FHH and still kick out extra energy to the
grid. REC manages the solar panels.

Ventilating the world's largest cage-free layer house:
www.WATTAgNet.com/articles/38207
To be even more sustainable, sheep graze on the
nine acres to manage the grass under the panels.
Two of the 24,000 birdhouses are also run on solar
power from separate panels. Miller said some of the
outdoor shade provided for the birds can be created using
solar panels and, in some cases, they have done this.

Solar usage

Working with Amish
and Mennonite operations

The company's egg grading facility, distribution facility,
coolers and offices are 100% powered by a nine-acre
solar field near the grading and distribution facility.
FHH was approached by the Rural Electric Co-op
(REC) about the opportunity. When it was built 2016,

Most of the farmers in the area surrounding FHH are
Amish or Mennonite. While the company prides itself
on working with such growers, their way of life presents a few challenges, specifically the Amish.
The Anabaptist faith communities, like

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Egg Industry - January 2020
In ovo sex sorting system contest enters next phase
New methods for sanitizing and pasteurizing shell eggs
Iowa organic egg company produces on small farms
Egg associations key for sector's sustainable growth
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