Breeding company Institut de Sélection Animale (ISA), part of Hendrix Genetics, is set to build a new (Grand) Parent stock hatchery in The Netherlands.

The building will be ready by March 2012 and the 4,080sq m structure will house 5m Parent stock each year.

“The new hatchery will mark the success we have enjoyed in recent years, yet at the same time fully supports the ambitions we have to expand our business in the face of a number of global welfare challenges”, said Servé Hermans, ISA’s managing director.

The new production facility will showcase state-of-the-art technologies to produce day-old chicks in a highly efficient, biosecure and environmental-friendly manner.

It will be equipped with the latest hatchery equipment from Pas Reform and electrical and ventilation systems from Hollander Techniek.

ISA said the new facility is set to become an example of a truly energy-saving hatchery that complies with the most stringent biosecurity standards.

“It will be equipped with solar water heaters and water cooling systems with heat recovery to fresh incoming air and is designed to avoid cross-contamination at all costs,” said Ron Jöerissen, ISA’s production director.