Perdue Farms contracts with greater than 2,200 farmers to boost chickens for his or her firm. Out of the 1000’s of chicken houses on these farms, one home at Hayden Farms in Philpot was the primary to characteristic a particular viewing room that lets guests see precisely what the 31,000 chickens within the 600-foot long home are experiencing.
“The entire concept is to let individuals know the way their meals is raised and allow them to see it. We’re very clear,” mentioned Joan Hayden, who established the farm together with her husband Martin after they were married in 1983.
The 30 x 15-foot viewing room with glass partitions was the brainchild of their son Daniel and his spouse Danielle – Daniel now serves because of the farm supervisor, whereas Danielle is the farm communications specialist.
Their improvements led to the Greater Owensboro Chamber of Commerce naming Hayden Farms the winner of the 2019 Rick Kamuf Agribusiness Award.
Along with the viewing room, the Haydens additionally constructed a 40 x 50-foot schooling middle on the farm. They host college teams and different guests who’re taken with how the agriculture enterprise works.
Their farm contains four 20-year old chicken houses that are 500 toes lengthy and maintain 25,000 chickens every, and four homes inbuilt 2018, that is 600 ft lengthy and maintain 31,000 chickens every. All the houses are managed by laptop programs that regulate meals, water, the air stream, and temperature.
Each Perdue chicken house has an anteroom; however, the Haydens have been the primary to counsel the viewing room to permit guests a transparent have a look at the whole housing system. Perdue paid for the viewing room, and the Hayden obtained grants from some state agriculture teams to construct the education center.
The Governor’s Office of Agricultural Policy has visited some instances with different teams, and Perdue has introduced guests from all around the nation as correctly.
The Haydens additionally increase 200 head of cattle, which all produce calves every year in two separate breeding seasons. As well as, they develop and bale 500 acres of hay to feed the animals all through the winter. Their farm is about 250 acres, plus they lease some floor as effectively.
Daniel has a level in agricultural business, whereas Danielle has a concentration in ag communications.