The Central Valley Eggs LLC is developing an egg production facility in Kern County, California that aims to produce more than 36 million eggs per month and house more than three million cage-free chickens.
The facility is 700,000 square feet in size.
Lorelei Oviatt, director of the Kern County Planning and Natural Resources Department, said that the location is best for the project as it is zoned for agriculture, allowing the development to be fast-tracked.
The operation is expected to include three 77,686-square-foot mechanically ventilated pullet houses, seven 61,515-square-foot ventilated layer houses, manure handling systems, 13 backup generators, a water treatment system, water storage, wastewater handling, storm drainage storage and associated structures.
It comes eight years after the passage in California of Proposition 2, a voter initiative that, beginning in 2015, prohibited the confinement of certain farm animals, including chickens, in a manner that does not allow them to turn around freely, lie down, stand up and fully extend their limbs.
Several major U.S. companies are already transitioning to eggs produced in what is viewed as a more humane environment.