Genetic tools aid welfare of laying hens

Growing demand for non-conventional eggs means geneticists are challenged to develop a bird with high livability and robustness.

The role of genetic improvement in animal welfare was the focus of a presentation Hendrix Genetics senior geneticist Jeroen Visscher gave at the recent 14th annual Egg Congress in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

“There is an increasing focus on animal welfare worldwide,” Visscher said. “Animal breeding companies are at the forefront, working from the very base of genetics to increase social behavior and increased life span.”

The growing demand for cage-free, free-range and organic-produc

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