Extreme heat killed about 300,000 laying hens over three days at Rose Acre Farms’ operations west of Seymour this summer.
And the drought — combined with the heat — is causing more problems for the Cortland-based egg producer.
“It’s affecting everything,” Chief Operating Officer Tony Wesner said. “It’s affecting soybeans and corn. We live and die by corn and soybeans.
“If you don’t have corn and beans, you don’t have feed for the chickens,” he added. “And unfortunately, egg markets don’t always rise and fall with grain prices. It follows it somewhat, but not at the same rate.”
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