Supporting Farmers Around the World
Our hatchery operations in White Marl and Cumberland (both located in the St Catherine, Jamaica) serve contract and independent farmers by providing the highest-quality, day-old broiler chicks. Hatching eggs are selected from our International Poultry Breeders locations in the USA and St. Ann, Jamaica. The eggs are carefully transported to the BDC Hatchery, where hatchability rates are on par with the top 5% of similar operations in the USA, according to Agri Stats Inc.
Home of the high-quality, nutritious, Hi-Pro line of animal feeds, The Best Dressed Feed Mill provides feed for our newly-hatched chicks. With the capacity to produce more than 260,000 metric tonnes of pelleted feed each year, and with more than 50 types of animal feeds, The Best Dressed Feed Mill is the largest in the Caribbean. Our products use only the best ingredients, primarily corn and soybean meal, and are produced in a high-tech, fully automated facility. Over the years our feed has received many awards, including third place in the Kentucky Equine Research textured feed competition.
The BDC Field Operation manages the growth of newly-hatched baby chicks received from the hatchery. The chicks are placed on farms and nurtured to grow until they achieve the desired maturity. Animal welfare is of utmost importance during this (on average) 6-week grow-out period, so farmers receive support from our technical representatives and veterinary staff as part of our commitment to ensure quality at every stage.
The BDC Processing Plant receives birds once they reach the appropriate maturity. On arrival at the plant, the live birds are rested in a cooling shed before they are ready to be weighed, graded, processed and packaged. At every stage, quality and safety requirements are consistently met. In fact, our plant was the first poultry processing operation in the Caribbean to gain the ISO 14001 Environmental Management System Standard certification. Efficient processing and the continuous review and implementation of cutting-edge technology allows us to deliver on our promise of quality to our customers.
The 22,000 sq. ft. facility located in Spring Village, St Catherine is the home of our value added line of products. In addition to our own line of products, we also supply a number of quick service restaurants with special formulations developed for their unique menu offerings. Our array of processing lines is further enhanced by Individually Quick Frozen (IQF) technology which allow us to efficiently produce high-quality frozen foods… as we like to put it, “fresh to frozen, fast” so that our consumers always receive The Best.
A big part of our plan towards the efficient use of energy is to generate and manage as much of it as we can. Our 16 megawatt Cogeneration Plant generating both steam and electriciy, is currently the primary source of energy for our procesing plant. In 2022 we also installed an LNG plant as we explore the use of natural gas as a means to powering our future. Constant review of our systems propels innovation