The Chicken Coop
Modern chicken coops were set up to replace the old ones. Degania became a productive farmstead. That is, she produced eggs and chicks for other chicken coops. She also developed a profitable business of raising chickens for marketing and was among the first to import equipment for this branch from the United States. Today the chicken coops are automated and cover an area of 6.5 dunams. Six times each year Degania’s chickens are marketed, totaling about 2 hundred tons from each hatchery. The work team of the chicken coop is local.
The Cow Shed
As of now there are some 280 milk cows and 200 calves in the cowshed. The amount of milk produced is 2,840,000 liters.
Following the requirements set forth in national reform for dairy farming, a new shed is under construction to house the milk cows. A new species of cow has recently been introduced – The Jersey (a small, brown cow) in connection with research which is being conducted for the Ministry of Agriculture. The work team consists of kibbutz members and hired workers, assisted by high school students.
From the 1960’s until the 1980’s, as a result of the economic situation in the country, a number of branches were eliminated: the fish
ponds, the grape vineyards, the rose greenhouses, vegetable cultivation and beehives. In recent years Degania ended its cultivation of cotton and fruit trees.
The distress in which the Valley settlements found themselves necessitated that efficiency measures be taken and that spending be reduced. This brought about the establishing of regional factories which had a communal financial basis, heavy equipment for agricultural processing and earth moving, a garage and a store house for spare parts, a delivery set up, a central packing house for animal feed and packing houses for bananas, dates, avocados and corn.