February | 2013 | Willamette Egg Farms of Oregon

February, 28 2013

Press Release – Willamette Egg Farms Doubles Cage-Free Egg Production in 2013

State’s largest egg farm invests in cage-free production to meet regional demand

CANBY, Ore. – February 2013 – Willamette Egg Farms, the state’s largest egg producer, has committed to doubling its cage-free production in 2013. By mid-year, cage-free production will account for 8 percent of the company’s total production. In comparison, national cage-free production represented just 5.7 percent of the total U.S. egg industry in 2012, according to the American Egg Board.

To make way for this increased production, the family-owned farm recently completed construction on one of two new cage-free hen houses, which together will house approximately 80,000 hens. The buildings are an advanced style of cage-free housing, equipped with energy saving measures such as LED lighting.

As major national grocery retailers, restaurant chains and foodservice companies have recently committed to purchasing more cage-free eggs, Willamette anticipates increased regional demand as well.

“Building the new housing and increasing our cage-free flock to this degree is a significant investment,” said Greg Satrum, third-generation co-owner of Willamette Egg Farms. “We wanted to be proactive and get ahead of the curve, to be able to meet both the industrial and consumer demand in the years ahead.”

Modernizing hen housing has been a top priority for the company in recent years. Satrum, named Agriculturalist of the Year by the Agri-Business Council of Oregon for his industry leadership, worked with Oregon legislators in 2011 to help shape Senate Bill 805, which requires Oregon egg farms to transition to American Humane Association-endorsed enriched colony housing by 2026. Now, the company is closely watching and supporting national efforts to legislate similar, comprehensive hen welfare standards throughout the United States.

About Willamette Egg Farms
Willamette Egg Farms is a third-generation, family-owned farm committed to quality and community. For more than 75 years, the company has been providing fresh, nutritious eggs to the Pacific Northwest. As a sustainable business, Willamette Egg Farms is leading the way in creating healthy hen living environments, minimizing environmental impact, improving the well-being of workers and remaining an economically viable partner in the community. Today, Willamette Egg Farms is proud to offer a variety of eggs and egg products from its farms located in Canby, Ore. and Moses Lake, Wash. For more information, visit www.willametteegg.com.

February, 28 2013

The Oregonian Features Willamette’s Investment in Cage-Free Egg Production

We’re pleased to share a story from The Oregonian’s business section today, featuring our efforts to significantly bolster cage-free egg production. We recently completed construction on two new “second generation” cage-free henhouses, which utilize LED lighting and give the hens ample room to perch, scratch and nest.

Read the article by reporter Eric Mortenson, as well as see pictures of the new henhouses, on OregonLive.com: Cage-free eggs find a perch in a changing market.

February, 15 2013

Welcome to Our New Website!

Welcome to the newly redesigned Willamette Egg Farms website! We hope you find it useful in learning more about our farm, our values and our eggs.

Visit the About Us tab to learn more about our history and our mission to provide those in the Pacific Northwest with the finest, freshest quality eggs.

Take a Farm Tour to see how we care for our animals, environment, community and employees.

In Our Products you’ll find information on all of our egg products, including Fresh Shell, Hard Boiled and Liquid. Our eggs are sold throughout the Pacific Northwest – find out where to get yours by using our interactive map under Find Our Eggs.

Have a question? Head over to our FAQs, or feel free to Contact us with other questions you may have.

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