Published on Nov. 19, 2020
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 towards a brown egg market, there is an ongoing shift to white birds for their increased efficiency.
Laying hen products from Hendrix Genetics are well known in Russia “since time immemorial”. The first Hisex White pure lines were delivered to the Soviet Union in 1974. We are now part of a joint venture with PPR Sverdlovsky, who supplies more than 1 million parent stock and 14 million commercial birds. According to the Russian Poultry Union, the Hisex Brown and Dekalb White products now contribute up to ¾ of all table eggs in the country. These products are appealing for their high livability and performance even in suboptimal conditions. Strong egg shell and stable eggs size are also benefits for the market, where table eggs are sold by piece.
Besides being part of the local cuisine, eggs are an important symbol in Russian culture. Painted eggs have a long and rich cultural tradition, first inspired by the Russian Czar’s famous Fabergé egg collection. With their nutritious benefits and cultural significance, eggs are sure to be an important protein source for this region for years to come.
The Technical experts of Hendrix Genetics with the owners of Sverdlovsky during one of their yearly Technical seminars