A 65,000 square foot hatchery is coming to the Wright Business Park in Stratford.
Trillium Hatchery Inc. will invest $20 million over the next year and a half to build the facility, before implementing a new technology called HatchCare.
Trillium co-founder Dave Brock says the new style will employ a few elements not typically used.
“HatchCare is uniquely different in that it provides three things for newly hatched chicks. When the chick comes out of the shell, it has access to feed, water and light and that’s different than in traditional hatcheries.”
He notes that access gives the chicks a jumpstart on growth, which makes them stronger from day one and more likely to be raised without the use of antibiotics.
The co-founder of the farmer consortium expects 19 million chicks to be hatched out in the first year of operation.
He says that’s a reflection of the strength of the industry.
Brock also points out what a prime location Stratford is.
“When we looked at where broiler growers are in Ontario, when we put all the pins on a map, we looked and saw Stratford is within an hour and a half drive of over 70 per cent of broiler producers in Ontario. We were looking to be close to our customers, so that’s a prime location that’s central to our customer base.”
Trillium Hatchery Inc. will be hiring 20 people when it comes on-line next year.