US battery hens

Layer genetics company Hendrix is strengthening its position in the USA with the planned purchase of Virginia-based hatchery/breeder business Midwest Farms, and a second hatchery at Pennova in Pennsylvania.

Currently the company sells its ISA range of parent stock to distributor clients in the USA. The latest move means it will now be supplying egg producers directly through a new company, Hendrix-ISA.

The fully modernised facility at Pennovo will produce up to 500,000 commercial layers a week, while the Brickland hatchery in Virginia has a capacity of up to 400,000 commercial layers a week.

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Hendrix-ISA will focus on producing Shaver White and Isa Brown layers for the US market. It will also distribute the Bovans, Dekalb, Hisex and Babcock brands.

Thijs Hendrix, founder of Hendrix Genetics, said the development “fits perfectly in our strategy to selectively integrate further into the supply chain, to grow in the USA and to work closely with our strategic partners”.

MIdwest Farms is a division of Midwest Food Association, a co-operative set up in 1975, purchasing packaging materials, poultry vaccines and premixes on behalf of its 16 egg producing members.