Ever wonder how eggs get from the hen house to the processing plant?
This journey can happen in a number of ways but at the JS West Farms you’ll see that it occurs in only one way. Conveyor systems are the most common way eggs are moved in today’s modern food production systems. In the old days, eggs were hand gathered, one at a time. Eggs were more likely to be damaged by the handling or missed altogether, causing concerns about freshness and food safety. Today most egg farmers employ safe, efficient and fast conveyor collection systems to make sure the eggs go from the hen house to the washer within minutes and hours of lay.
First, the eggs the hens lay roll down a gentle sloping floor to the conveyor in from of their enclosures. Then, the eggs are carried to the de-nester, a piece of equipment that gently moves the egg to a cross- conveyor. The cross conveyor travels with the eggs from the barn all the way to a separate building, the processing plant, where the eggs will be washed, inspected, graded, packaged and refrigerated in a matter of minutes.
What this means for you is that the eggs are collected and processed in a safe, clean, efficient manner, having never been touched by dirty hands. It also means the eggs will be fresh because they can’t lay ‘hidden’ or undetected. Modern technology is use widely used by farmers when it improves the quality and safety of the food they’re responsible for. As egg farmers, we take our jobs seriously and want only the best for our families and yours.