The first hatch out of the new Hendrix Genetics turkey hatchery in Beatrice, Nebraska, was a success, the company announced.

Hendrix Genetics recently oversaw the first hatch from the new parent stock hatchery. This parent stock hatchery has a 6.6 million egg capacity, and will serve customers across the Midwestern United States. A grand opening for the 30,000-square foot facility was held in October.

Hybrid experts were on hand to supervise all steps of the delivery process. After transport, sales and technical representative Gary Hall was on site to ensure successful poult placement. 

According to the company, this first hatch, which occurred in December, represents an important milestone in Hendrix Genetics’ ability to provide the U.S. turkey industry with a pipeline of high quality turkey genetics. 

“I am very proud of the hard work of our new team. The bar has been set and we will continue to push for the best quality poults to come from this hatchery,” said Tim Hergott, Hendrix Genetics hatchery division manager.

At the time Hendrix Genetics held the grand opening for the Beatrice hatchery, it highlighted the hatchery’s attributes, which included:

  • The new hatchery will create 25 jobs
  • Eggs come from Salmonella-negative flocks only, and arrive from farms in Nebraska, Kansas and Canada
  • It is a strict bio-secure facility to support the high-health requirements of the entire Hendrix Genetics Turkeys operations
  • The hatchery follows specific guidelines for storing eggs, incubating eggs and hatching poults
  • The facility's equipment includes innovative Petersime incubation techology
  • It takes 28 days for an egg to incubate and hatch

The new hatchery has gained praise from a variety of state and local leaders, including Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts and Beatrice Mayor Stan Wirth.

The Beatrice hatchery is not the company’s only new facility in Nebraska. Earlier in 2017, Hendrix Genetics opened a new egg layer hatchery in Grand Island.