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ab ovo, More than just a pullet supplier!

Roadshow 2020 with ab ovo, Germany and Hendrix Genetics

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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.

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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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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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An egg a day – oviposition explained

How are our hens so productive?More than a decade ago, we committed ourselves to developing laying hens that are able to produce 500 eggs per hen in 100 weeks of age. All over the globe we can clearl…

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Hendrix Genetics outperform the competition in the 40th North Carolina Layer Performance and Management Test

The North Carolina Layer Performance and Management Test is an annual, independent trial meant to assist the poultry industry in evaluating the performance of the top commercial layer products in var…

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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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The importance of biosecurity

Biosecurity is taking measures to protect your birds from harmful biological agents, like viruses, bacteria, parasites, etc. In commercial poultry production, this generally means total confinement o…

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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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Layer Vision, Issue 20 Now Available

In this issue of the Layer Vision, we hear many different perspectives on the amazing benefits of eggs. They are healthy, affordable, and available in every continent.

End of Year Wishes

We hope that 2018 has been a successful year for you and your organization!

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Making the link to select for good feather cover

Good feathering is important for a bird’s health and welfare, productivity, and feed conversion. 

Achieving good internal egg quality

Good internal egg quality can be defined by yolk color, albumen quality, and vitelline membrane strength. Genetics play an important role in resulting egg quality, but how do feed and management fact…

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Celebrating World Egg Day

As members of the egg industry, we're proud to take one day to celebrate the power of the egg: World Egg Day 2018.

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Introducing the "Eggxaminator"

The Eggxaminator is a brand new piece of technology that will enhance egg quality data collection even further than before. Created in collaboration with Hendrix Genetics Innovations and a tech partn…

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Nutrition and metabolism: Preventing fatty liver

With longer production cycles, maintaining a healthy liver is crucial for hen performance. Liver health is strongly linked to egg mass, eggshell quality, and persistency in lay. Veterinarian, Rafael …

Breaking down the genetic improvement formula

Research and development is the key for an efficient and sustainable breeding program. This is the basis of a profitable egg chain from breeding company to the egg producer through distributors. Hend…

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European technical distributors meeting held in the Netherlands

Sharing knowledge and connecting individuals in the value chain is one of our aims as an industry leader. A recent technical distributor meeting held in Uden, The Netherlands was one example putting …

How to feed layers for longer production cycles and high performance

When layers are kept in production for 100 weeks instead of 60 or 80 weeks, egg output and the associated export of nutrients is much higher. High performing birds need a perfect feeding strategy to …

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New issue of Layer Vision magazine

This issue features technical resources, company updates, and customer stories from around the world. We hope you enjoy reading!

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Laying hens unlock natural defences to ward off disease

A new genetic link to the immune system in laying hens has been discovered that could result in laying hens being born resistant to many diseases.  

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The importance of bodyweight management

Bodyweight management is an important parameter to track throughout the life of your birds. From day old to transfer, growth and organ development occurs at various ages. A lack of growth during a st…

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Trade Show Highlights

As the busy trade show season comes to a close, catch up on some highlights from IPPE, VIV MEA, and the Midwest Poulty Show. Thank you to those that met with us at our booth. We look forward to seein…

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Managing layer health in an alternative system

Health management of your flock in alternative system involves choosing the right breed, feeding program, and system design. After that, it's up to you to plan, observe, and adjust.

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An insight into the Genetics Applied to Livestock Production World Congress

In February of this year, the World Congress on Genetics Applied to Livestock Production was held. Get to know the insights, trends and key outcomes of the event. 

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Continuing to build strong connections in South Africa

With such a dynamic and growing market, we are excited to report our latest activities in Africa. Representatives from our sales and technical team recently visited Dekalb customers in South Africa t…

Finding the key to breeding a healthy hen

Wageningen University and Hendrix Genetics recently collaborated on a project to identify a DNA region that may explain why some layers are more disease-resistant than others. 

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Susceptibility to pre-natal stress in laying hens

This study provides more insight into how different variables affect the overall health of future generations of laying hens. 

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Infection control at the molecular level

Incorporating forensic technology to catch AI early 

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Layer Vision

With the beginning of a new year, comes a new edition of our Layer Vision magazine. 

From the shadows, into the light

New investments to deliver added value for the global supply chain

ISA Brown Distributor Panovo Hosts First Technical Seminar

The first seminar for new distributor was held in the Western Balkans Region , NP Panić Trade.

SPACE trade show recap

The SPACE 2017 tradeshow in Rennes, France welcomed over 100,000 attendees with 1,140 stands. We met with customers and partners at our booth demonstrating the new One Hendrix Genetics style. 

Nutrition in alternative housing systems for layers

Transitioning from a cage system to an alternative housing system, either cage free or within an aviary system, requires careful attention to good management. One important aspect is nutrition. 

Reaching the mission of 500 first quality eggs per hen housed

Our ongoing mission of reaching 500 first quality eggs per hen housed is the center of our new production standards.

Investment in testing leads to genetic progress in new performance standards

With the release of new performance standards for Hendrix Genetics’ laying hens, it is important to examine how the breeds have made genetic progress in egg numbers, egg quality, FCR and livability. 

Exciting edition of our magazine "Layer Vision"

Our layer organization continues to grow across the world, and we are still bolstered by the added strength of all genetic brands to form One Hendrix Genetics.

Dekalb ‘top athletes’ deliver 503.7 eggs for Niels Quicken

Attention to detail is required to collect more than 500 eggs, as Niels Quicken explains 

Expanding our layer distribution in the US

Hendrix Genetics is pleased to announce the opening of a brand new hatchery in Grand Island, Nebraska capable of producing 24 million female chicks per year. The project is a significant step in stre…

Brooding Conditions for Healthy Layer Chicks

In order to give your flock the best start possible, brooding conditions for newly placed chicks is very important.

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New production standards show improvement in egg quality

New production standards announced by Hendrix Genetics Layers show the effect of their intensive breeding program. Besides improvement of egg numbers by 14 eggs per hen housed, also an improvement is…

You can now stay closer to your chosen layer brand

As you may already know, we recently renewed the look of our portfolio to emphasize the stories and strengths of our brands.

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Progress in Extended Testing and Performance Standards

Our mission to breed layers capable of producing 500 first quality eggs per hen housed has been a guiding principle at Hendrix Genetics Layers. Because of the extended production cycle adopted in the…

How to feed layers for a longer production cycle and high performance

Higher laying rates, better persistency and longer production cycles are observed over time (Fig. 1). This trend will continue as breeding companies, egg producers, and animal feed companies collabor…

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Optimal Egg Shell Quality: Nutrition Essentials

Obtaining high eggshell quality is important for both table egg and hatching egg purposes. Consumers have come to expect uniform, strong shelled eggs, and for hatching purposes, eggs that have a stro…

Egg shell color

Egg shell color is a major trait in the HG layer breeding program for many years. It is key to score all individual eggs with an high accuracy. To avoid any subjective scores ISA has invested long ti…

The challenge of designing a vaccination programs for layers

Extended laying cycles has become a reality worldwide and an unstoppable trend. Selective breeding for persistency has certainly played a major role in achieving increased performances, but besides g…

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Breeding to improve liveability

Breeding for liveability is a key focus for our breeding department. How do we achieve this goal? A conversation with Teun van de Braak, Geneticist for Hendrix Genetics in the Layer department. 

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The Move to Cage Free Environments and its Impact on Hen Bone Integrity

Several years have passed since the 2012 EU ban on conventional cages. With the latest announcements from many major US food companies and retailers that they will only source cage free eggs, the int…

Incubation Essentials

There are a number of important factors to consider when setting up your hatchery with the right processes and systems. The hatchery floorplan must be set up correctly for biosecurity and hygiene sta…

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Breeding for the Changing Environment

As the US and EU transitions away from cage housing systems, members of the industry are making steps to ensure that producers have the best opportunity to change over to this system as smoothly as p…

Effective breeder management in hot climates

Managing breeder flocks in high temperature climates is an even greater challenge than managing flocks of the same genetics in temperate climates. Effective breeder management includes several factor…