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An expert group, set up by the Advisory Committee on the Microbiological Safety of Food (ACMSF), to look at egg safety, found there has been a reduction in the risk from salmonella in UK shell eggs since its last report on this issue 15 years ago.



David Wyscozanski and his wife Christine attended a lunch presentation on the 12th October 2016, to say goodbye after 38 years of loyal service to the company.

Hendrix Genetics Partner with the University of Edinburgh


The University of Edinburgh’s Roslin Institute and Hendrix Genetics, a global leader in animal breeding, have established a research agreement to improve the sustainability of animal production.

Proud to be Helping Rwanda!


Bóthar is an Irish charity that enables families and communities worldwide to overcome hunger and poverty and to restore the environment in a sustainable way.

Hendrix Genetics Launch New Warren for Growing Free Range Sector


In response to the growth in the UK free range egg sector, Joice and Hill, the UK distributor of Hendrix Genetics layer breeds, are to begin supplying a new generation of Warren layers.

Bovans Bounce Back at Highlander Farm


Despite its Caledonian sounding name, Highlander Farm is in the Lincolnshire Wolds and is the location of a new venture for owners, the Kilby Family. In 2015, their first free range flock of 16,000 Bovans were housed in a brand new Big Dutchman multi-tier system – ranging on a mixture of pasture and woodland.

A Family Affair


No strangers to diversification, the Armstrong family moved into free range egg production in 2010. Support from Noble Foods and Joice and Hill in the early days was a crucial part of the set up process and the relationships are still going strong.

Cold Weather Management


Stephen Turner assesses the risks and outlines how heating and ventilation need to be balanced in winter.

Joice and Hill Appoint New Technical/Sales Manager for Scotland and North West England


Hendrix Genetics Layer Division has appointed Richard McGillvary as it’s new Technical/Sales Manager for Scotland and North West England. Known to friends and colleagues as Dick, he has been involved with poultry for over 27 years.

Kinswood Impressed with Bovans at 85 Weeks


Kinswood Eggs’ strategy of marketing their own eggs has created a successful family business now into its third generation. Currently farming 320 thousand birds, all in enriched cages at a single Sussex location, the business relies heavily on the exceptional persistency of their Bovans Browns, hatched by Joice and Hill.

Letter of Thanks from our ISA Award Winner


Following her acceptance of the ISA Award, Amy has got in touch to thank Joice and Hill for their sponsorship.

ISA Award Winner 2015


Amy Sharpe, 22, from Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire, received the ISA Award from Dr Graham Scott at the Harper Adams University graduation prize giving.

ISA Focus September Issue


Read the latest ISA Focus.

Joice and Hill Area Technical & Sales manager for North West England and Scotland


By mutual agreement, James Wignall will leave the company to pursue a career outside Hendrix Genetics. James has been with Joice and Hill for nearly 4 years and we thank him for the hard work he has put in during this time. Joice and Hill will advertise for a replacement in due course.

Performance of ISA layers in the light of the XXII. International performance test of commercial layers at Ústrašice, CZ.


It is almost nine years ago that the ISA company (Institut de Sélection Animale) became part of the leading international selection company, Hendrix Genetics. Recently, we have set out our ambitions to poultry people around the world. Within the next few years we want to supply a layer suitable for a long production cycle of 100 weeks of age, without moult, and capable of producing 500 1st quality eggs per hen housed.

ISA Challenges the US Layer Market


ISA has announced plans to purchase Midwest Farms LLC (part of Midwest Food Association) and will acquire the Pennsylvania based hatchery Pennovo (Wagner family, formerly Penn Embryo) and the Virginia based hatchery, Brickland (MFA).


Pure line testing to 100 weeks is the key to success


Judging a flock on peak performance figures in the middle of a cycle is a natural instinct for many farmers but it often leads to an underestimate in the total number of eggs produced.

Bovans Performance Verified by Independent Tests


Mezinarodni Testovani Drubeze is a state owned company belonging to the Czech Ministry of Agriculture. They are a highly respected and impartial body whose integrity, methodologies and findings are highly regarded across the entire spectrum of poultry production. The results of their ‘International Performance Tests 2013 - 2014 – Colony System’ report have just been published.

Teamwork and Technical Backup in the Field


The statistics attached to ISA’s commitment to research and development are seriously impressive - an annual budget of 10 million euros, pure line testing to 100 weeks for over 10 years and 6 million eggs tested every year.


Two Legendary Performers!


With over 50 years experience in poultry, Winston Westcott is a legend in the West Country, he believes in personal service and supervises the delivery of all chicks personally – no matter what the conditions or time of day.


Live Data On Key Variables


Joice and Hill have always provided practical support materials to customers in the form of management guides and record cards, now we have gone one stage further and equipped all our Technical Sales team with tablets capable of providing live data.

Firwood Farm Eggs


Michael Gerrard’s family have been involved in poultry for three generations and in recent years they have moved from production in cages to free range. Throughout the many changes that have affected the egg laying sector over the last 75 years, the Gerrards have always trusted breeds which are part of the proven brands in the ISA portfolio.

Bird Brothers


Bird Bros are a 450,000 bird colony producer. Based in Bedfordshire, they have just opened a brand new egg packing station. In addition to their own production they also grade selected free range eggs from outside producers, selling all their eggs themselves.


The Retail Landscape


Next year is likely to see changing consumer shopping habits and the dramatic changes these are imposing on the retail landscape have a significant impact on the layer sector. These factors, which are largely external to the sector and worryingly beyond our control, may well turn out to be the ones to watch in 2015.

Hatchery Investment Takes Capacity To 15 Million Chicks Per Year


Following the investment in single stage setters and the hatchery extension which took potential capacity to 15 million chicks per year, work has now been completed on the ventilation system. It provides exceptional control and temperature stability, it is highly efficient, reducing our emissions and energy consumption dramatically.


ISA Award Winner


Anna Holdcroft, 22, from Stafford, received the ISA Award from Peter Cumbers at the Harper Adams University graduation prize giving.

A Landmark Year


2015 will mark the 50 years of poultry heritage at Joice and Hill, coincidentally marking five years that we have been a Hendrix Genetics company. Additionally in this year of landmarks, it is 10 years since ISA became a Hendrix Genetics company and 15 years since the Bovans was introduced to the UK. Watch out for details of events to mark these milestones!

Egg Sales Unaffected by Hot Summer


Kantar, the company that specialise in analysing consumer data, has
reported a puzzling but welcome change in the pattern of egg consumption.
This summer the usual drop in egg consumption has failed to materialise.
Instead they reported that egg sales are up 1.2% compared to last summer.


Nick Bailey completes Iron Man distance triathlon


On 27th July ISA Area Director (Europe) Nick Bailey completed his first Iron Man distance triathlon, coming 379th out of 1,300 athletes.

Congratulations to Poultry World


Poultry World has a very special anniversary coming up – its 140th birthday.


Blue Barns Celebrate Record Sales


Blue Barns Poultry announced record sales in 2013, achieving a total of 2 million birds sold across Yorkshire, Durham and Northumberland for the first time. This is all more remarkable as it represents a doubling in sales in the last three years.

Pig and Poultry Fair


Joice and Hill will be exhibiting at the Pig and Poultry Fair to be held at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire on May 13-14.


Road Show Event in Northern Ireland


Joice and Hill will be holding their first Roadshow Event in Northern Ireland at the Armagh City Hotel on the 19th March at 6pm. The event has been organised by Roy Brown and will provide the perfect opportunity to discuss how the future breeding strategy of ISA will impact on egg producers

Frans Van Sambeek

Frans Van Sambeek UK Visit


Frans van Sambeek spent 4 days in the UK at the end of February with Joice & Hill Sales Director, Peter Cumbers & Technical Director, Stephen Turner.


New ISA Hatchery to Provide Parent Stock for Joice and Hill


The first stone laying ceremony for the new hatchery of layer breeding company ISA took place on Friday December 21, 2012 at Boxmeer in the Netherlands.

Country Fresh Pullets & Joice and Hill Fun Day


Joice & Hill entertained the CFP team at an activity centre in Wales. This included 4x4 Driving, Archery, Shooting and the final activity of designing a dry water raft ensuring chaos but a lot of laughter.

UK Sales Team

UK Sales Team Visit Ormsary


Joice & Hill's UK Sales team visit their sister company Landcatch at their Ormsary headquarters.

Two Eventful Years


Our integration into the Hendrix Genetics family in 2010 marked the
beginning of an exciting two years for Joice and Hill.

ISA Warren with logo

Poultry Industry United In The Face of Feed Cost Increases


The NFU, BPC and BEIC have asked major retailers in the UK to recognise the impact of soaring commodity costs on the total production costs in the layer sector. In a letter co signed by all three organisations, they point out that the UK the poultry industry uses in excess of 5.5 million tonnes of compound feed every year.

Green Food Project


A major study into how Britain’s entire food system must change to keep food affordable without destroying nature, at a time of soaring world population growth, has been unveiled by Farming Minister, Jim Paice.

Lakes Free Range visit Eye Hatchery


The Lakes Free Range production Manager, paid a visit to Joice & Hill’s Hatchery in Eye, Peterborough on Monday the 18th June.

New Appointments Strengthen Joice and Hill Team


New Appointments Strengthen Joice and Hill Team

We Pay Our Respects to the Late Jim Warren


We are sorry to hear that James J. "Jim" Warren, Jr., the son of James J. "J.J." Warren, a renowned poultry breeder, has recently died at the age of 83. We offer our deepest condolences to his family, who were at his bedside when he passed away on 21 February 2012.

Joice and Hill to distribute Shaver Brown, ISA Warren and ISA Brown from July 2012 in UK and Eire


Joice and Hill Poultry Ltd have been given the green light to distribute three additional ISA breeds in the UK and Eire, by their parent company Hendrix Genetics.

Farm in countryside

Partnership approach pays off for Bitteswell


Joice and Hill are working closely with Free Range producers Bitteswell Farm Eggs, owned by brothers Andy and Dick Higgins, to demonstrate the advantages of their partnership approach. Technical support on the ground backed by the analytical resources of Hendrix Genetics is the bedrock of the Joice and Hill philosophy, which also involves regular reviews with nutrition suppliers and veterinarians.


Andrew Hall, Yorkshire


Andrew Halls flock of Bovans Brown have proved to be top performers and have recently been seen performing live on the BBCs Food Fighters programme, hosted by Something for the Weekend chef, Simon Rimmer.


Geneticist predicts 500 eggs in 100 weeks!


Dutch Geneticist Frans Van Sambeek has startled the poultry world by predicting that their breeds will soon be capable of depletion at up to 100 weeks old by which time they will have laid 500 eggs. Frans, who is Director of Layer Breeding at Hendrix Genetics says this means that the flock will need to average 86% production!

Families Hendrix and Grelier join forces

Hendrix and Grelier Join Forces


Dutch group Hendrix Genetics and French company Grelier have completed their Pan European agreement to join forces in poultry breeding and distribution.