A respected presence in the Nicholls Hill, Oklahoma, community, Lew McGinnis leads a real estate-focused investment firm. Lew McGinnis comes from an agricultural family and at one point owned North America’s biggest purebred poultry farm.
Traditional purebred chickens are an irreplaceable part of the industry, as they help preserve genetic diversity and could prove critical in ensuring the viability of the poultry industry in the case of livestock disease. Each breed represents a full complement of desirable traits, including longevity, disease resistance, fertility, and foraging ability.
Many purebred chickens have characteristics suited to specific climates and geographical regions, as well. For example, the Ancona, the Leghorn, and other Mediterranean breeds have a reputation for egg laying, while the Canadian Chantecler is ideal for cold climates. For purebred poultry farmers, a key challenge involves ensuring a certain amount of predictability and uniformity while providing for variability that encourages vigor and avoids issues associated with inbreeding.