Michael Foods is converting its egg layer farm in Bloomfield, Nebraska, into a cage-free operation.
The conversion will occur during the time span beginning in spring 2017 and ending in 2020, Michael Foods’ parent company, Post Holdings, announced in a press release on August 29. The farm currently consists of 32 layer barns, and the conversion project calls for those barns to be replaced with 12 cage-free houses.
“Our Bloomfield investment is the next step in our evolution as the country’s largest value-added provider of egg products,” Jim Dwyer, president and CEO of Michael Foods stated. “Cage-free eggs are the future of the egg industry, and we continue to work actively with our customers to ensure that we can meet their demand for cage-free products by converting existing farms and investing in new facilities through our dedicated third-party partners.”
Michael Foods is making the change as dozens of grocery, restaurant and food processors have committed to transition their entire egg supply to cage-free.
Headquartered in Minnetonka, Minnesota, Michael Foods announced in December 2015 that it will continue to invest in cage-free egg production systems and will be an advocate for cage-free products with consumers and customers. According to the WATTAgNet Top Poultry Companies Database, the company has 13.45 million laying hens.