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Hy-Line Inaugurates New Research Farm


Hy-Line International, specializing in egg-production genetics, celebrated the completion of its newest research farm on June 27th with federal, state and local dignitaries in attendanceat a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Named for the visionary and company founder, Dr. Henry A. Wallace, this state-of-the-art investment located in central Iowa, is required to maintain genetic progress in Hy-Line layers sent to more than 120 nations.


In a Company press release Jonathan Cade, President of Hy-Line International stated “We have a substantial responsibility in the effort to feed a growing global population with an inexpensive and nutritious source of protein – the egg,” He added “The addition of the Dr. Henry A. Wallace Farm allows us continued innovation and genetic progress in Hy-Line layer genetics to accomplish this.”


Dr. Danny Lubritz, Director of Research and Development for Hy-Line International commented “We are making significant strategic changes in the Hy-Line breeding program to accelerate the rate of genetic progress,” He opined “Egg production and eggshell quality show higher genetic variation at older ages. The pedigree birds housed on the Dr. Henry A. Wallace Farm will be evaluated for these traits, among others, to help ensure continued genetic progress in persistency and shell strength.”


The addition of the Dr. Henry A. Wallace Farm 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.