Hy-Line Enhances Genetic Progress with New Research Farm

An update from the President
calendar icon 26 September 2019
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In July, Hy-Line celebrated the completion of its newest research farm surrounded by federal, state and local dignitaries at a ribbon cutting ceremony. Named for the visionary and company founder, Dr. Henry A. Wallace, this stateof-the-art investment located in central Iowa, USA, completes another significant step in the drive for accelerated genetic progress in Hy-Line layers sent to more than 120 countries around the world. We have a substantial responsibility in the effort to feed a growing global population with an inexpensive and nutritious source of protein – the egg.

The addition of the Wallace Farm allows us continued innovation and genetic progress in Hy-Line layer genetics to accomplish this.

We continue to make significant strategic changes in the Hy-Line breeding program that are accelerating the rate of genetic progress. Egg production and eggshell quality show higher genetic variation at older ages. The pedigree birds housed on our three research farms are now being evaluated for these traits, among others, to help ensure continued progress in persistency and shell strength.

The addition of the Wallace Farm also increases the population of research birds from which to identify the top-performing individuals to populate the next generation. As a result of improved selection intensity, Hy-Line varieties are gaining increased egg numbers, persistency, shell strength, egg weight and feed efficiency.

The future is bright with Hy-Line. I wish you success, and I thank you for your trust.

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