This new 30,000 square foot facility will hatch poults for clients in the Midwest USA as well as Western Canada.
Operating under its Hybrid Turkeys division, the new hatchery will creates 25 jobs and have a 6.6 million egg capacity, which will come from salmonella negative flocks only, and arrive from farms in Nebraska, Kansas and Canada.
Other highlights include strict bio-security to support the high-health requirements of the entire Hendrix Genetics Turkeys operations; specific guidelines for storing eggs, incubating eggs and hatching poults; and innovative Petersime incubation process.
Through this hatchery completion, as well as in-progress construction on a commercial hatchery in South Dakota and new farms in multiple states, Hendrix Genetics aims to strengthen their global supply chain. The Beatrice hatchery will join their network of owned, aligned, and contracted hatchery capacity set up to supply the strong demand for Hybrid genetics in the USA.
As well as the hatchery, the facility will have a new delivery fleet that will transport poults across the USA. The truck onsite is one of 14 new vehicles which feature advanced technology to simulate a hatchery environment during transport.
Dave Libertini, managing director of Hybrid Turkeys, said: “This hatchery is a step that we are taking to revitalize our whole distribution in the US. We are dedicated to using technology, like what you see in this hatchery, to try to bring the best that we can to the industry.”
Scott Rowland, Hybrid Turkeys general manager Americas, explained the choice of site. “There are lots of places to find land, but there is more than that. We want to be a part of the community and to raise your kids here and that is a big part of it.”