Hendrix Genetics building egg layer hatchery in Nebraska
By Hendrix GeneticsFeatures Layers Production Business/Policy Canada
May 9, 2016 – Grand Island, Nebraska is traditionally associated with cattle farming but a landmark investment by the Netherlands based, genetics company, Hendrix Genetics is set to put egg production firmly on the map.
On May 4, Grand Island community leaders and representatives from Hendrix gathered to “break dirt” on a state of the art chicken hatchery that will become the focal point for egg producers in that part of the U.S. Capable of hatching 24 million egg laying chickens per year the facility will create up to 50 new jobs in the area.
“It’s near many of our customers, and a customer base that we’re trying to grow right now, so there’s a lot of farms in the Midwest and this will be able to supply chicks for those farms,” says Hendrix Genetics Managing Director Peter Mumm.
The new hatchery alone represents an investment of $10 million and will create the need for a further 11 breeding barns at local farms, all within a 100-mile radius of Grand Island, to supply hatching eggs to the new hatchery. The first flocks of egg layers will leave the hatchery as early as next year.
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