Hendrix Genetics has taken another step in its commitment to the U.S. turkey industry in directly distributing quality Hybrid commercial poults to growers. The company announced an investment plan that includes new hatcheries, egg production facilities, a modern transportation fleet and the skilled workforce needed to support these areas of operations. This follows previous investments in grandparent facilities in Kansas and Nebraska.
A proposed turkey hatchery in Beresford, S.D., represents an investment of approximately $25 million and will have capacity for 35 million hatching eggs. The new hatchery will be used in addition to Hybrid’s aligned network of hatcheries throughout the U.S. and Canada. The new hatchery, plus the capacity within the aligned partners, offers the capability of hatching 60 million eggs for the commercial market. The facility will be outfitted with cutting-edge equipment, featuring Petersime incubators, to ensure the highest biosecurity and poult quality, the company said.
“This new hatchery allows us to continue to deliver on our core focus of providing top-quality genetics that match the needs of the market and our customers. This is a critical component of our plan to modernize the commercial turkey distribution infrastructure in the U.S.,” said Dave Libertini, managing director of Hendrix Genetics.
With this newest hatchery announcement, as well as upcoming plans for future investments, Hendrix Genetics aims to strengthen its global supply chain and network of owned and aligned distribution. The Beresford hatchery will join the network of owned, aligned and contracted hatchery capacity set up to supply the strong demand for Hybrid genetics in the U.S.
What began just more than a year ago with the announcement of a parent stock hatchery in Beatrice, Neb., has grown into a full-fledged investment in a U.S. supply chain. Construction is scheduled to begin in August 2017.
Hendrix Genetics, based in Boxmeer, Netherlands, is a multi-species breeding company with primary activities in layers, turkeys, swine, aquaculture and traditional poultry. Hendrix Genetics is a leading breeder and distributor of turkeys under the Hybrid brand and is focused on providing healthy, safe, affordable food to consumers and building a stronger, more sustainable turkey industry.