A lethal form of avian influenza recently hit an Indiana turkey farm and Kentucky broiler flock, causing other countries to ban imports from the Hoosier state and stirring movement from Michigan poultry producers.
One such operation is Herbruck’s Poultry Ranch, the state’s largest egg producer.
Herbruck’s Mohamed Mousa said the company’s entered a code orange in terms of biosecurity. That means no visitors, sales representatives, tours, and employees and trucks entering poultry facilities must follow strict guidelines.
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In a recent Department of Energy release entitled “Solar Futures Study” prepared by the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, the Agency predicted that 35 percent of the U.S. requirement for electricity could be provided by solar in 2035. Further investment could increase the proportion to 45 percent by 2050.
Values in Action: Prosperity
Sustainability Report 2020
From expanding our facilities and markets to making investments, Herbruck’s continues to be future-focused.
At Herbruck’s our growth opportunities, process improvements, and cost savings, as well as our commitment to ethics, are our indicators for prosperity. Prosperity is one of our four core pillars – People, Planet, Product, and Prosperity – when it comes to operating a sustainable business, as outlined in our new Sustainability Report.
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Herbruck’s installing solar array at Green Meadow Organics facility
Array of solar panels will produce sustainable energy to help power facility
SARANAC, Mich. – Herbruck’s Poultry Ranch has partnered with ES Services Company, a subsidiary of CMS Energy, to build an approximately 2-megawatt solar array at its Green Meadow Organics facility in Saranac.
Spread over eight acres, the solar array will produce enough electricity to meet about a quarter of the power demand for the Green Meadow Organics facility. The facility was launched in 2008 by Herbruck’s to produce premium organic, cage-free eggs and all-natural fertilizers.
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Herbruck’s Poultry Ranch deploys sheep to graze grounds at organics facility
Sheep will maintain vegetation around the newly installed solar array
SARANAC, Mich. – Herbruck’s Poultry Ranch has implemented its newest innovation, a grass-cutting tool that doesn’t require gasoline or oil changes and that aerates grounds and spreads natural fertilizer: Sheep.
The sheep – Apple, Flopsy, Flora, Patches, Sarah, and Wendy (if you’re counting sheep, that’s six total) – will work as lawnmowers at the Herbruck’s Green Meadow Organics facility in Saranac this summer to maintain the vegetation around the 2-acre solar array that will be complete in August.
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