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Aviagen plans to build new hatchery in Longview, Texas

Broiler breeding company continues to grow its regional footprint due to high demand in North America and beyond
In response to a strong demand for broiler breeding stock throughout North America and across the globe, Aviagen plans to begin construction on a new hatchery in September.
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Sanderson: Breeding problems can be worse in NAE programs

When working with certain breeds, it can be like ‘walking on a knife’s edge’ to get them to produce a fertile egg and not get overweight
Ordinary problems with hatchability and livability can be further complicated when the breeding stock and pullets are raised as part of no antibiotics ever (NAE) programs, the CEO of Sanderson Farms said.
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Tyson Foods changing male breeding stock

Company says part of its broiler supply challenges are related to a ‘bad decision’ on a breeding male
The president of Tyson Foods’ chicken business said the company is making a change to the males used in its breeding program in an effort to improve its broiler supply situation.
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State-of-the-art hatchery inaugurated in southeastern Vietnam

Last week, the official inauguration took place of a large modern poultry hatchery in Tay Ninh province by the Bel Ga Joint Stock Company.

Southeastern Vietnam’s latest hatchery has an initial annual production capacity of more than 19 million chicks — for both the meat and egg sectors. In its second phase, this will rise to 38.4 million.

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First hatchery opens in Dominica

Broiler and layer chicks from the Caribbean island’s first hatchery are proving popular

Supplies of broiler and layer chicks from the first hatchery in the Caribbean island of Dominica are proving popular with the local poultry farmers. Already the company owning the hatchery is planning Dominica’s first feed mill, and a farm that breeds pigs.

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How hatcheries can be ready for animal welfare audits

If you follow the guidelines of the NCC animal welfare audit program, you will be well on your way to passing most welfare audits

While there is a wide variety of auditing programs that assure that poultry hatcheries are following good welfare practices, the National Chicken Council (NCC)-based animal welfare audit guidelines in most cases will put hatchery managers in a “very good position for any audit that a customer our outside firm might do,” said Dallas Wynn, senior manager, animal welfare, Tyson Foods.

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HatchTech building new corporate headquarters

Construction to begin in mid-2021 and will take about a year to complete
HatchTech Group is constructing a new corporate headquarters. Just like the current HatchTech locations, the new corporate office will be located in Veenendaal, the Netherlands.
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ISU developed poultry genetic lines as discovery platform

The inbreeding of the lines provides a consistency among the individual birds of each line that makes molecular studies more efficient
The total set of eight lines is very diverse, with representatives of very old commercial lines, small and large body sizes, and some lines that are very distinct from commercial type birds.
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