A Brief History (Actually a long history!)
AstroTurf® Poultry Nesting Pads have been around for over four decades. It’s a great story about how forty years of science produced the ultimate nesting substrate for the poultry industry. Our beginnings were unique…our passion for a better product remains our mantra.
In the mid 1970’s, Ray England of National United Enterprises contacted our predecessor company, Monsanto, seeking a volume discount on our famous AstroTurf® doormats. It seems Ray had been using our doormats as an alternative to wood shavings as a nest pad; and soon a new market was born. Ray, as the 1st distributor of the AstroTurf® Poultry Nest Pads, helped us develop new, innovative product modifications resulting in the earliest versions of our well known Original Gray Pad. As is our nature, we used, independent scientific research to validate that our patented gray color was preferred by hens over other colors in the Broiler-Breeder segment…a real Chick Magnet!
These Original pads (Now made by GrassWorx, LLC., owned and operated by former Monsanto employees.) are, to this day, still called “The Monsanto Pad” out in the field.
Now, after more than a dozen years of testing and development, our engineering team designed a completely new poultry pad … based upon hen preference principles that have been proven through research.
The new AstroTurf® NXT, Version 5.2, with “Ten Points of New Technology” has been formulated around two core needs serving both the Boiler-Breeder and Commercial Egg Producers: Happier Hens. Cleaner Eggs™.
Our family of AstroTurf® Poultry Nesting Pads, composed of highly durable, polyethylene resins in a natural grass-like configuration have evolved through the decades. As chickens have gotten bigger, better, and stronger, so too has our portfolio of nest pads.