The Bovans History

The three "Vans"

The founder of Bovans was Harry van Duijnhoven, together with his wife Nora. The Bovans breeding center was at Harry van Duijnhoven’s farm at Stevensbeek.


Started in 1954, the Bovans layer reflected the solid, hardworking ethics of four Dutch families, Bongers, Van Duijnhoven, Van Lankveld and Van der Linden started Bovans Poultry Breeders in 1954. One “Bo” and three “Vans” formed the name Bovans. 


The founders worked together in their family barn to breed a strong, healthy laying hen, and the original Bovans logo, still in use today, was designed by Harry van Duijnhoven’s brother.


Bovans Poultry Breeders soon developed into a strong and successful breeder. Sixty years later, the Bovans bird is now found in barns all over Europe, the Americas, Africa, and the Middle East.


Harry van Duijnhoven history bovans layers
Harry van Duijnhoven
Nora van Duijnhoven history bovans layers
Nora van Duijnhoven
Thijs Hendrix

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