Growth Strategy & Acquisitions
Our growth strategy is focused on remaining a low-cost provider of shell eggs located near our customers. In light of the growing customer demand and increased legal requirements for cage-free eggs, we intend to continue to closely evaluate the need to expand through selective acquisitions, with a priority on those that will facilitate our ability to expand our cage-free shell egg production capabilities in key locations and markets. We plan to continue to closely evaluate the need to continue to expand and convert our own facilities to increase production of cage-free eggs based on a timeline to meet the anticipated needs of our customers. As the ongoing production of cage-free eggs is more costly than the production of conventional eggs, aligning our cage-free production capabilities with changing demand for cage-free eggs is important to the success of our business.
Since 1989, we have completed 22 acquisitions ranging in size from 160 thousand layers to 7.5 million layers. In October 2019, we acquired certain assets of Mahard Egg Farm, relating to its commercial shell egg production, processing, distribution and sales. Effective March 28, 2020, we acquired the remaining interest in our majority-owned subsidiary Texas Egg Products, LLC.
Our total flock, including pullets, layers and breeders increased from approximately 40.8 million at the end of fiscal 2014 to approximately 50.8 million as of May 30, 2020. The dozens of shell eggs sold increased from approximately 1,013.7 million in fiscal 2014 to approximately 1,069.2 million for fiscal 2020.