South Dakota Works
Dakota Layers is a family-owned and operated egg farm located in Flandreau, South Dakota that opened its doors in 1999. They opened their first hen house in 2001. Flash forward 19 years, and they currently have 9 bird houses, two manure barns, and a processing plant.
Dakota Layer’s top priority is the welfare of their hens as well as the quality of their eggs. Advancements in hen housing as well as efficiencies in feed, water, and manure management have allowed them to significantly reduce their environmental footprint.
Approximately 100,000 dozen eggs are produced every day from Dakota Layer’s 1.35 million hens. After their eggs enter the processing facility, they are washed, sanitized, candled, graded and onto be packed. Amazingly, a human never touches the eggs until they are placed into their carton!
Dakota Layers provides over 70 jobs in the Flandreau community. Locally, their eggs go from chicken to shelf within 36 hours, making hem one of the freshest in the market!