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Hy-Line makes history with new breeding program in India

Unique challenges, unique conditions, unique climate. Each phrase describes the growing country of India. To meet these challenges, egg farmers in India require a bird that has been tested and proven locally.

by 5m Editor
7 February 2020, at 2:46pm

International Bird Now Customised for India

To meet this need, Hy-Line International recently initiated a breeding program in India for the Hy-Line W-80, customizing this international bird for India. This new approach is the first of its kind in the nearly 85-year history of the Hy-Line genetics program.

“The Hy-line W-80 is on her way to becoming a unique Indian variety,” said Dr Petek Settar,Hy-Line International’s Senior Geneticist leading the India breeding program. “We chose to begin our first genetics program outside of the USA in India for the unique conditions and great potential to feed the growing population.”

Selected to Excel Locally

Hy-Line is genetically selecting a special version of the Hy-Line W-80 to excel under India’s unique conditions. The elite birds in the India genetics program are evaluated on their ability to achieve the preferred local egg size, ever-increasing egg numbers, long persistency of lay and ideal onset of lay, with a continued commitment to superior shell quality late into lay.

Bred and Adapted for Indian Conditions

The first genetics from the breeding program will be released to the market in early 2020. All orders for Hy-Line distributor, Srinivasa, will be supplied from this program.

“We are local, we are committed,” affirmed Jonathan Cade, President of Hy-Line International. We are targeting the right egg size for India and making the Hy-Line W-80 even more robust for local challenges. We succeed when the commercial layer farmer succeeds.”

Comparatively, the Hy-Line W-80 already outperforms the competition with longer laying cycles. Indian egg producers can maintain the W-80 with less feed than the competition.

It means more profit for producers – more salable eggs with less money spent on resources.

Considering the projected increase in egg consumption in India and constraints in terms of availability of raw material to meet the growing demand, the Hy-Line W-80 is the best choice for the egg producer in India. This is the future for sustainable and responsible egg production.

Hy-Line W-36 Remains No. 1 in Taiwan

Since 1974, the Hy-Line W-36 has dominated the Taiwan layer market. In fact, longtime Hy-Line distributor, Chensan Poultry Farm remains number one even today, with more than 50 percent share of the day-old-chick market.

“The W-36 fits the market requirements exactly in Taiwan,” commented David Lu, owner of Chensan Poultry Farm.

In a recent customer testimonial video posted on the Hy-Line International Facebook and LinkedIn pages, Mr. Lu said the W-36 has been an excellent variety for the last 45 years. He attributes this to the genetic progress in livability, feed efficiency, egg quality and especially egg size.

With the accelerated genetic progress across all lines of Hy-Line varieties, the W-36 will remain the layer of choice of the Taiwanese egg farmers ensuring profitability into the future.

Charoen Pokphand Foods Plc Chooses Hy-Line Brown for Cage-Free Production

With increasing demand for cage-free eggs in Southeast Asia, Hy-Line distributor and major global player, Charoen Pokphand Foods Plc (CPF), has chosen the Hy-Line Brown for their cage-free egg production in Thailand. As featured in Feed & Livestock Magazine, CPF is using Hy-Line Brown “due to its all-around egg quality, exemplary Haugh unit, which is above 90%, and superior eggshell quality.”

The birds are kept to 72 weeks-of-age, as recommended by Thailand’s Egg Board. CPF’s current capacity of 20,000 birds each in three layer houses produces a sufficient supply of cage-free eggs to meet the needs of their customers. However, the company remains poised to increase production for future demand from consumers and the food industry.