The team of Hendrix Genetics looks back on a marvellous opening of its new hatchery in Beresford, South Dakota (United States), with over 400 people attending. Turkey industry professionals, local community members and government officials got the chance to get a closer view of the new 83,000-square-foot facility and its technology.
Hendrix Genetics initiated this hatchery project in 2017 in the context of a big investment in new and updated breeding farms, two new hatcheries and a new transportation fleet. The goal? Ensuring top quality and the availability of Hybrid Turkeys products throughout the turkey value chain. With an annual capacity of 35 million eggs, this new hatchery will contribute to the Hybrid hatchery network throughout the USA and Canada.
The construction of the Beresford hatchery progressed at lightning speed. In just over a year, the flat field had transformed into a finished hatchery. Jeff McDowell, General Manager, emphasized the short time span in which the project was completed: “I am very proud of what we accomplished in such a short amount of time. This wouldn’t have been possible without the ongoing support of our customers and the local community. This, of course, is in addition to the hard work and dedication of our staff and partners throughout this project.”
The opening of this new commercial hatchery on November 27 was a rare opportunity to walk around in such a facility before the usual strict biosecurity policies were applied. After several speeches and an official ribbon cutting ceremony, guests took a tour in the hatchery.
A look at the incubation and hatching technology was one of the highlights during this trip through the facility. Hendrix Genetics opted for Petersime equipment again to ensure the highest biosecurity and turkey poult quality. Numerous cutting-edge BioStreamer™ setters and hatchers will deliver an optimal performance in a fully automated way, entirely monitored by the Eagle Eye™ software package.
Raf Beeren, Managing Director, highlighted the focus on quality and its importance for the complete value chain: “The modern technology and leading biosecurity measures that we have in place at the beginning of the supply chain will ensure the successful delivery of top-quality and nutritious protein to the final consumer,” he stated.
Moreover, the Beresford hatchery is the first hatchery to use the brand-new stackable Turkey 60XL tray by Petersime, specially designed for turkey eggs. Thanks to the larger egg pockets, the tray offers an ideal positioning for small, large and extra-large eggs and enables an optimal airflow in the setter.
Filip De Smet, Sales Director North Europe & North America at Petersime, is thrilled about the fruitful cooperation with Hendrix Genetics. “It is a privilege for us to continue working with Hendrix Genetics, just after our previous cooperation for the company’s parent stock hatchery in Beatrice. The choice of Hybrid Turkeys to work with Petersime again for this project is a clear sign of trust in the products and services we offer. We are very grateful for the loyalty to Petersime as preferred partner for incubation equipment,” he states.
By investing in these new facilities, Hendrix Genetics is putting a lot of effort in strengthening its global supply chain and network of owned and aligned distribution.