Iowa-based egg producer expands into SE Nebraska

BLUE SPRINGS, Neb. (AP) _ An Iowa-based egg producer is expanding into southeast Nebraska to reduce the risk that a poultry disease could cripple its operations.

The Beatrice Daily Sun reports (http://bit.ly/NoPlMW ) Hy-Line International is building a new chicken barn on Ed and Glennis McClure's farm near Blue Springs to expand and protect its business.

Hy-Line officials wanted to have some of company's chickens laying eggs at a site away from its West Des Moines headquarters to protect against disease.

McClure Farms is partnering with Hy-Line and will own the barn, but Hy-Line will own the chickens. The company chose McClure because of his experience raising chickens and his location.

The barn is expected to be ready to hold nearly 17,000 birds in March. Most of the eggs Hy-Line producers are exported.

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Information from: Beatrice Sun, http://www.beatricedailysun.com

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