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Save the date: World Egg Day 2022

On Friday 14 October, egg fans worldwide will celebrate the power of the egg and all its nutritional, environmental and societal benefits.

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HenTrack 2.0 receives major funding award to enhance the breeding of laying hens

Open Philanthropy, a foundation based in California, USA, will support animal welfare scientist Michael J Toscano of the University of Bern and industrial collaborators. The funding of $2.7 million w…

New partnership to study innovative sex sorting technology for the egg laying industry

Hendrix Genetics is partnering with Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO, to test the viability of an innovative point of lay sex sorting technology for the egg laying industry.

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育種基準の設定

卵を生産するための鶏の品種改良と選抜について、さまざまな意見があることは周知の事実です。ヘンドリックス・ジェネティックスの戦略は、飼育されるすべての産卵鶏が最高品質の卵を産むように選抜することです。

Update on the SAPPSA project on sustainable poultry farming in Africa

Despite all the challenges that the SAPPSA project faced in relation to the impact of COVID-19, the project is still going strong. Since the start of the project steady progress has been made, not ju…

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VIV 2022, come join the global gathering of the poultry sector in Utrecht

VIV Europe is worldwide recognized as the top one platform for the poultry industry and a truly international B2B event for all professionals in the egg and poultry industry.

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Check out the revised Parent Stock guide

In line with our previous updates and new releases of management guides, our team of technical poultry experts have also updated the Parent Stock guide. Latest insights on Biosecurity, rearing, Male …

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May is national egg month

Many of us celebrate the power of the egg every day at breakfast, lunch for dinner or as a snack, so why is the month of May known as National Egg Month? In general, egg sales are the highest during …

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Check out the MIAVIT Podcast: How to realize the genetic potential of egg production: focus on poultry nutrition

During the previous MIAVIT Podcast episode we talked about the genetic potential and the importance of a good quality pullet. Today Estella Leentfaar will tell us more about the production period. Es…

Hrudka: Egg Cheese Recipe

This recipe for egg cheese originated from eastern Europe and is typically served at Easter time. It goes by various names including hrudka, cirak, sirok, sirecz and more. Essentially, it's a ba…

Get active on PRIMA and win a Tablet!

At Hendrix Genetics we love field data, and we are curious to know how our breeds perform in the field. At the same time, we would like our PRIMA users to understand the potential of our PRIMA app. T…

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Highlight on egg marketing: Respectful eggs

Leading free range packer, Stonegate Farmers, has launched what it is claiming is the UK’s first carbon neutral egg brand: Respectful. Respectful brand adopts several practices and policies that embr…

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Check out the MIAVIT Podcast : How to realize the genetic potential, focus on the potential of rearing

The aim of every egg producer is to achieve optimum, top quality eggs. But what do you need to consider in order to reach the genetic potential? The rearing period, in particular, is often underestim…

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Steering on bird behavior, Pecking

Individual chicken or flock behavior can be the result of individual factors, often it is a combination of multiple factors. In general, a laying hen can cope with moderate stress, such as rises or f…

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Reaching 500 eggs for the second time, it’s all in the details!

Just few years have passed since we visited the Quicken family to handover the first award of reaching the 500 eggs in 100 weeks. We were very pleased when we received the field results from his most…

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Hendrix Genetics and Chi Farms are expanding their partnership

Chi Farms Ltd., an agribusiness company and a member of TGI Group, has announced its partnership expansion with Hendrix Genetics, which will increase the production of layer day-old chicks in Nigeria.

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Vision 365, promoting the global egg industry with an egg a day

The International Egg Commission (IEC) is launching a new global initiative to develop the reputation of the egg on an international scale. Vision 365 is a 10-year plan to accelerate global average e…

Mercoaves - celebrating historical milestones in Brazil with ISA Brown and Bovans White

We have received great news from Mercoaves, one of our excellent distributors in Brazil: a flock of Bovans White achieved 509 eggs in a single 100-week life cycle, and a flock of ISA Brown achieved a…

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Hendrix Genetics and Global Food Partners announce a research collaboration in Indonesia

Global Food Partners (GFP), a Singapore-based consulting firm specializing in cage-free egg production, and Hendrix Genetics/PT Indonesia, a leading multi-species animal breeding company, have announ…

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The 26th edition of Layer Vision is available to read

We are pleased to share with you the latest edition of Layer Vision. In this edition of Layer Vision, we will be focusing a lot on our customers from all around the globe and share many of their insp…

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What are the challenges facing the table egg industry in the next decades and what can be done to address them?

Consumers are increasingly aware of the production systems for laying hens and have strong opinions on what is favorable for a hen’s welfare. This has resulted in a move towards non-cage housing sys…

IPPE 2022, the International Production & Processing Expo

The 2022 International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) will be held in person from Jan. 25 – 27 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. IPPE’s show management’s goal is to safely bri…

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Looking back to 2021

During this final week of 2021 it is time to look back at our accomplishments of the past year. What a great year it has been when looking to our digital support activities! Thank you so much for usi…

Happy Holiday Season

As the end of the year is approaching fast, it is a moment for us to say Thank You. Thank You to all our valued customers, Thank You to our industry and research partners, and Thank You to all who fo…

US Partnerships on Sustainability and Animal Welfare

As a major player in the US egg industry we are committed to continuously improve the sustainability of the egg industry and the welfare of our animals. As we cannot do this solely we are actively co…

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Customer in the spotlight: Top Æg ApS, Denmark

Last month we were invited by our Danish Distributor Top Æg ApS to provide presentations during the technical seminar that they organized for the Danish egg sector. The technical experts of Hendrix G…

Paine Schwartz Partners makes strategic investment in Hendrix Genetics

Paine Schwartz Partners, a global leader in sustainable food chain investing, today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement with respect to a new strategic investment by Paine Schwa…

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Latest update on HenTrack 1.0

HenTrack is a research project that focuses on the identification of laying hen behavior related to laying hen welfare in cage-free housing systems. The goal is to improve the current breeding method…

Egg Biryani

One of our all-time favorite festive recipes containing eggs: egg biryani made with the help of the pressure cooker and using basic everyday ingredients like rice, eggs, yogurt, spices and masala. Th…

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Data coming from the field: latest update on RST GUNMA

Data coming from Random Sample Tests (RST) are one of the most objective proof of genetic progress over the years. Earlier this year, we presented the summary of 60 years of Random Sample Testing at …

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Latest trends in global egg production

The latest global data shows a continuous growth in egg production worldwide, with a 3.5% growth from 2018 to 2019. This is slightly higher compared to the average yearly increase of 3.3% over the la…

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Improving flock results by data collection

It is no secret that insight in daily water and feed intake is essential to steer chick development and egg production. We observe that proper monitoring of water intake is too often neglected. While…

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When is an egg not just an egg?

To celebrate World Food Day on 16 October, the UN has named eggs as one of its two star ingredients and developed a new film to promote the power of eggs. This offers a unique opportunity for the egg…

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Let's celebrate World Egg Day 2021

This year’s World Egg Day celebrates the brilliant versatility of the egg and its vast variety of benefits to people at every age and stage of life. The egg is one of the most nutrient-dense natural …

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An egg a day, will it keep the doctor away?

Scrambled or poached for breakfast, hard-boiled on a sandwich for lunch… in a frittata for a lazy dinner..., or used in a delicious sponge cake or tiramisu. Eggs are among the most versatile, time-sa…

Egg and Avocado Bowl

This filling Egg Bowl is made with scrambled eggs and avocado. It is a delicious combination for really any meal of the day.

Soy eggs

Eggs are among the cheapest and highest valuable animal protein available around the globe. A large variety of delicious food can be made from eggs. Traditionally and currently, there are remarkable …

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Eggs, the most sustainable animal protein?

Ensuring everyone in the world has access to a nutritious diet in a sustainable way is one of the greatest challenges we face. For an agricultural activity to be counted as sustainable agriculture, i…

The versatility of eggs

We are regularly told how important it is to eat a balanced diet; we need protein, essential fatty acids, vitamins and nutrients. Fruit, vegetables, nuts and dairy naturally spring to mind, and combi…

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Data Insight: what your flock is telling you

A poultry farm generates a lot of data, day in day out. Daily feed intake, growth, egg production, are just few of the data being recorded on the farm. This data can be of great value to your managem…

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Successful two-day Bovans Seminar for Seamorgh staff and management in Iran.

On Wednesday, September 22 and Thursday September 23, 2021, Seamorgh Co. organised a full two-day Bovans White seminar for their extensive staff and management in Tehran, Iran.

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Customer in the Spotlight: PROAVISA, Productos Avícolas SA.,

Our collaboration with Proavisa is in place for many decades. We are very proud that companies like Proavisa, have made the choice for our laying hen genetics. Proavisa is built on the fundament of Q…

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Layer Vision, Issue 25, now available

This edition of Layer Vision is an exciting one to share with you as this edition is centered on the importance of data. Data collection and data analyses is at the core of our breeding activities, w…

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Egg consumption is on the rise

It is no surprise that eggs have regained their positive image. Eggs provide an exceptional protein source as well as fatty acids and a large range of vitamins, minerals, and bioactive compounds th…

SPACE 2021

SPACE is one of the biggest livestock trade fairs in the world. The future SPACE 2021 will be staged between the dates of the 14th to the 16th of September at the Parc des expositions de Rennes (Fran…

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World Egg day contest, share your favorite egg recipe

This year’s World Egg Day celebrates the brilliant versatility of the egg and its vast variety of benefits to people at every age and stage of life. It is no secret that the egg is one of the most nu…

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Achieving true Premium Performance with the Dekalb White, the Büterei Farm is breaking its own records.

It is no secret that the laying hen breeds from Hendrix Genetics can be kept longer and longer with each new generation, but It is also no secret that it takes dedication and careful attention from t…

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Europe: allowing insect protein in chicken feed

Insects are emerging as a more sustainable source of protein thanks to their lower environmental impact and high nutritional value. The European Union is set to allow insect-derived protein to be fed…

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Eggs rank among the most sustainable proteins

It is no secret that the egg sector knows how to efficiently produce animal protein. Eggs are not only nutritious, but they are also produced using the fewest of resources.

Hendrix Genetics is joining MiteControl as associated partner

The poultry red mite (PRM), Dermanyssus gallinae, is a major threat to the global egg sector, in particular to Europe. The prevalence of poultry red mite is extremely high and increasing; more than 9…

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World Poultry Day 2021

Contributing to sustainable food production, animal welfare, addressing antimicrobial resistance, and protecting animal health and welfare are several of the core values embraced by the global poultr…

Join the 2021 HIPRA World Poultry Virtual Congress

Being aware of the current pandemic situation and despite the limitations and restrictions that this entails, we know that animal production is essential in order to provide high quality animal prote…

Obituary of Winston Westcott

Winston Westcott, a much-loved veteran of the poultry sector passed away unexpectedly, at his home in Somerset, on Wednesday 14 April 21. After a lifetime in farming and poultry, Winston was well kno…

Management Guide for Hot and Tropical Climates is available

During the past decade, the highest growth in the world’s egg production took place in (semi-) tropical regions. Asia, Africa, south and central America are the continents that have experienced massi…

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Changing poultry housing systems, having the right breed for the right system

Housing systems of laying hens have changed significantly in the last decades. In Europe, Oceania and the Northern America’s, a steady increase has been shown in keeping laying hens in cage-free hous…

One of our favorite Italian egg-recipes: the frittata

Frittatas are the ultimate weekend or Easter brunch recipe as they’re very easy to make. We will share a recipe to make a perfect frittata. Making frittata allows you to be creative with food, especi…

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The brother males

On average, one male chick is born for each laying hen bred. In many countries across the globe, the “brother males” are not used for meat production as they fierce strong competition from the highly…

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The role of eggs in sustainable food systems

In 2021, the UN Secretary General will convene a Food Systems Summit to launch ‘bold new actions’ to transform the way the world produces and consumes food, delivering progress on the UN Sustainable …

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Insects, Feed for the Future?

With the continuously growing world population, the demand for eggs is expected to grow at least as fast. Their high nutritional value, their overall availability and their long-lasting shelf life, c…

Layer Vision, Issue 24 Now Available

In this edition of Layer Vision we discuss our collaboration on trending topics facing the egg industry. Recently, we are seeing more interest in parts of Europe to grow male layers. A practice that …

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First identification of human cases of avian influenza A (H5N8) infection

On 20 February 2021, Russian authorities reported the detection of influenza A(H5N8) virus infection in seven poultry workers in an outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) A(H5N8) virus …

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Latest trends and developments in the global egg industry

Peter van Horne, economic analyst of the International Egg Commission presented the latest trends and developments of the global egg industry last October for the IEC community. The Full presentation…

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Free entrance tickets to visit Eurotier

Consumers increasingly want to know where the food they consume comes from. To meet this requirement, processors and the food trade are demanding the traceability of each individual lot over the enti…

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The 2021 U.S. Top Egg Company Survey estimates have been released by Egg Industry (WATTPoultry)

The yearly survey, performed by Egg Industry (WATTPoultry),shows that the top 68 US egg producers have added 3 million birds in 2020. When looking to the December 22, 2020, USDA Chicken and Eggs repo…

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Eggs, an Eggcelent source of vitamin D

Already since the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak it has been suggested that COVID-19 risk and severity is increased in Vitamin D deficient patients. Having sufficient levels of vitamin D plays a …

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Strong partnerships and excellent product performance result in vast growth in Saudi Arabia and the GCC

Saudi Arabia is self-sufficient in the production of their eggs. They export their surplus of eggs, mainly to other Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries. Nearly all the birds are housed in conven…

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60 years of Random Sample Testing at the North Carolina Layer Performance and management test.

It has been more than 60 years since the 1st tests at the North Carolina Random Sample Egg Laying Test were performed. The very first tests were conducted in 1958, and the most recent tests (40th) ha…

News from Brazil: scientific study after different Marek's disease vaccination programs

Marek's disease is an important neoplastic disease in birds caused by a serotype 1 specific herpesvirus; it is controlled by vaccination. In commercial breeders and layers in Brazil, current vac…

Hendrix Genetics is supporting HenTrack

We are pleased to announce that Hendrix Genetics Layers will support HenTrack, an innovative research project led by Dr. Michael Toscano, the Group Leader of the Center of proper Housing of Poultry a…

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The importance of a healthy liver

Liver condition is extremely important for an excellent egg production, as the egg yolk is produced by the liver. A healthy liver is linked with a high egg production capacity. The liver is involved …

All about Biosecurity

Achieving good results with your flock depends highly on the health status of your birds. A good health status is very important for two main reasons: Healthy animals are more efficient producers, as…

Egg Snowmen

Egg snowmen are made of hard-boiled eggs (the whites), filled with the traditional “devil” egg yolks. They are easy to prepare, fun to make together with your (grand)children, inexpensive to make and…

Incredible Egg News: An "XXXXXXL" egg

A free-range ISA Brown laying hen from the Spanish region of La Serena has produced an egg of 182 grams. Imagine this is almost three times larger than a regular egg, and most interesting of all, the…

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Hendrix Genetics appoints Jolanda van Haarlem as future CEO

Hendrix Genetics, global multi-species animal genetics company, announces the appointment of Jolanda van Haarlem as Chief Executive Officer. She will join Hendrix Genetics as from March 1, 2021 and a…

Serving the egg industry for 50 years, a big thank you to Josie Arman

Josie Arman to retire after a remarkable 50 years of devotion to the UK egg and poultry sector.

Joice and Hill, the great winner of the UK'S national Egg and Poultry Awards 2020

The National Egg & Poultry Awards is a prestigious awards ceremony  backed by the British Egg Industry Council (BEIC) and the British Poultry Council (BPC). They honor and reflect achievement, ex…

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Country highlight, Russia

Russia is one of the largest egg-producing countries in the world, being home to around 125,000,000 laying hens in 2018. Most are housed in conventional cage systems, and while it is mostly slanted t…

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Biosecurity has never been so important as now

As the world is fighting against an invisible enemy (COVID-19), we realize even better that the poultry sector is doing this all the time. Now we are so focused on Covid-19 we should not forget the b…

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Hendrix Genetics Strengthens North American Technical Service Team

In effort to support our growing West Coast business, Hendrix Genetics is pleased to announce that we are strengthening our Technical Service Support Team with the new addition of Breq Bedell.

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Global trends in egg production

Global consumers continue to grow increasingly concerned about where their food comes from and how it is produced. This trend is especially influential on egg production and the housing systems in wh…

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Poultry Disease section available online

Poultry are kept all over the world for various reasons. They are one of the cheapest sources of animal protein and can be kept by anyone, even in backyards. All over the world, brown, black and whit…

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Another 500 egg story

The Dekalb did it again, 503.3 eggs per hen housed in even less than 99 weeks! Another flock of Dekalb White has reached an impressive milestone; they have been able to produce an average of 503.3 eg…

We crack millions of eggs to make sure yours won’t!

Breeding laying hens is not just about selecting the best birds for improved persistency, higher productivity or better livability. Breeding the perfect egg is essential when it comes to breeding lay…

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8 Egg facts you might not knew

Eggs are packed in protein and rich in nutrients, and luckily one of the most affordable superfoods you can buy. Next to nutritious, they are also super delicious! Below we have listed some amazing f…

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Happy world Egg Day!

For centuries, eggs have played a major role in feeding families around the globe. They are an unbeatable package when it comes to versatility and top-quality protein at a very affordable price. And …

Layer Vision, Issue 23 Now Available

First of all, we hope that you, your families, friends and your colleagues are in good health in these challenging times. The COVID-19 virus has also affected us and our beloved ones, but let’s hope …

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Kipster, the most animal and environmentally friendly chicken farm in the world

Kipster claims to be the most animal and environmentally friendly poultry farm in the world, and it just might be. The concept, which puts hen health and welfare at the heart of the business, distanc…

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Schothorst Feed Research Seminar

Extended laying period for laying hens, where do we stand in 2020?

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The Dekalb did it again

503.3 eggs per hen housed in even less than 99 weeks!

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Adjusting egg size to market needs via management

Profitability of a layer flock will certainly depend on the ability to produce high number of first quality eggs of the most suitable size for each market. Egg producers usually make their decisions …

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Customer highlight: Westwind Poultry Farms

Westwind Poultry Farm’s mission is summed up as “working to hatch a better tomorrow”.

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Mexican Egg Market Leads by Example

Mexico is well known for its rich history, pleasant weather, pristine beaches and vibrant culture, but did you know that Mexico is also one of the biggest table egg producers in the world?

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Chicken stress using neuroscience to improve the health and welfare of laying hens

Hendrix Genetics is one of 20 partners working together as part of The ChickenStress European Training Network (ETN)

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ISA continues to grow in China

by Mu Shi JiBeijing NongXiao Poultry Industry imported 13,000 ISA GPS chicks

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Increased focus on sustainability: breeding the long-life layer

Genetic progress in laying hens has never been so clearly visible in the field throughout the past decades.

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Considerations for better hatchability

The success of the continuous supply of day-old chicks is highly dependent on both fertility and hatchability.

New management guide for alternative systems published online

The management guide for alternative housing systems has been updated by our team of technical experts.

Lemon Pavlova

The pavlova cake has been popular since it was created more than a century ago, it truly is an all-time favorite. Many varieties are known, but the Lemon Pavlova works so well because the sweetness o…

Reaching 500 eggs in Honduras!

During the Atlanta Poultry Show, Hendrix Genetics recognised an egg producer from Honduras with an award for their excellence in egg production. They have managed a flock of more than 90.000 Dekalb W…

Achieving 500 Eggs in 100 Weeks in Free Range conditions in the United Kingdom

A flock of 32.000 Dekalb White birds reached 500.1 eggs at the age of 100 weeks at Wellington Farm in Bishops Frome (UK). Despite the harsh climatic conditions, e.g. it is raining more than 50% of th…

Layer Vision, Issue 22 Now Available

All over the world, eggs continue to be an important source of protein. Affordable, nutritious and versatile, no matter your culture, eggs have a place on the global menu. However, each region has th…

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Insight on 2019 and beyond

As 2019 draws to a close and we enter a new decade in 2020, we’d like to reflect on past accomplishments and plans for the new year. Throughout another busy year, it has been an honor and a pleasure …

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Celebrating World Egg Day 2019

As members of the egg industry, we're proud to take a day to celebrate the power of the egg: World Egg Day 2019.

Schothorst Feed Research achieves 510,7 eggs

We’re pleased to highlight another successful flock that has surpassed 500 eggs per hen housed. Schothorst Feed Research is an independent research organization, based in the Netherlands, that develo…

What is Egg Quality

As a result of the large diversity in the potential uses of eggs and the subsequent demands of the consumer, it is quite a challenge to define egg quality according to everyone’s standard.

Using neuroscience to improve the health and welfare of laying hens

A multi-million European-wide project to improve the conditions of egg-laying chickens has launched today, coinciding with World Animal Day.

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Layer Vision, Issue 21 Now Available

We have so many great stories to share from the last few months in the laying hen world.

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Producer achieves 500 eggs in an organic system

It is with great pleasure that we recognize the first Dekalb White to reach over 500 eggs within 100 weeks of age in an organic system.

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A multi-generational visit from Young Kong Farms

The Huang family, founders of Young Kong Farms, visited the Ploufragan head office in France.

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Bridging the gap between nations for successful cage-free transition

The transition to cage-free housing has left many egg producers in the US and Canada with questions on how to implement this new system successfully. For egg producers that have used the same systems…

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Eggs: Friend or Foe?

We know that eggs are a nutrient-dense food, a rich source of protein and essential vitamins and minerals, particularly vitamin D, vitamin B12, selenium and choline. However, scientific opinion on th…

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Reaching 500 eggs in Brazil!

When we started our breeding mission of reaching 500 eggs in 100 weeks, we were aiming to achieve this by the year 2020.

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Hendrix Genetics Layers awarded AI Free Compartment status

All Hendrix Genetics Layers' breeding complexes, GPS farms, rearing farms, and hatcheries in the Netherlands have been awarded AI Free compartment status by the Dutch Food and Consumer Product A…

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Donald Shaver - In Memoriam

On July 28th, in his 98th year, Dr. Donald Shaver passed away in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. Donald Shaver was the founder of Shaver Poultry Breeding Farms and was known as an icon and pioneer in the…