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Jordan Tweedale To Join Joice and Hill as Area Technical Sales Manager

Jordan Tweedale is set to join the Joice and Hill Technical Sales Team on July 8th, as Area Technical Sales Manager for The North East, Yorkshire, Notts & Lincs.

Just One Week To Go Until The British Pig And Poultry Fair 2024!

Come and meet us on Stand 12-630 at the NEC Birmingham!

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A Packer and Producer Perspective on the Future of White Eggs by Tom Elliott, MD of EGGSELL LTD

Running the successful Eggsell Marketing Cooperative, as well as producing their own eggs under the Elliott Eggs name, Tom and Mark Elliott have a positive view of the future for white eggs in the UK…

Meet us at the British Pig and Poultry Fair

Visit us on Stand 12-630 to learn about the world-class Hendrix Genetics layer breeds, including the Bovans Brown and the Dekalb White, the world’s most productive egg layer!

Area Technical Sales Manager Opportunity

Our North East, Yorkshire, Notts & Lincs Sales Manager, Will Judson, will be leaving Joice and Hill at the end of May to pursue an opportunity outside the layer breeding and distribution sector.

Penny Humphrey Retires From Joice and Hill

Joice and Hill announced the retirement of Penny Humphrey, at the end of February.

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Gordon Alexander of Yorkshire Farmhouse Eggs explains why he sees a bright future for White Egg Layers

Initially filmed for use at the BFREPA Live event in November, this second film focuses on the packers perspective and an optimistic view of where the future for white eggs lies.

Newly released videos reveal producers' confidence in the future of white egg layers - and the Dekalb White in particular!

Free range egg producers and packers are notoriously camera shy, so we were particularly pleased when three of our customers “volunteered” to go on record.

Delighted to take part in an epic fund raiser

Riding in aid of Cancer Research UK

Reflecting on 10 Years of Experience with White Birds

Tim Bradley of JV Bradley Limited, South Lincs explains his commitment to white layers

Bovans Brown Flocks Thriving in a Unique Off Grid Free Range Set Up

For the last five years the Craven family have relied on back-to-back flocks of Bovans Brown layers

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The Day-Old Chick to Laying Hen Cycle

Hosted by Country Fresh Pullets

Integration and sustainability in Lincolnshire

Finding the sweet spot for welfare and longevity with Bovans Brown.

AI vaccination update

AI vaccination is unlikely to be permitted in UK commercial poultry until at least 2025.

Boxmeer visit focuses on the Dekalb White

Fact finding about the the world’s most productive egg layer.

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Now available to download – our latest Dekalb White success stories

This newsletter is dedicated to the Dekalb White 500 Club.

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Mill Farm Eggs join the Dekalb White 500 Egg Club

With a long history in layers, dating back to 2007, Mill Farm Eggs have an impressive body of experience to call on, and Nigel Roberts can reflect on his varied career and changes in the sector going…

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Persistence and patience pay off at Plas Llanynys, as Dekalb Whites hit their stride!

Farming is a family tradition at Plas Llanynys, Denbighshire, where Tom Jones was born and grew up on the family dairy farm.

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The breeding perspective on the current crisis in the egg sector, by Nick Bailey

Two crucial decisions underpinned the effectiveness of the Hendrix Genetics breeding programme.

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Dekalb White - pure white magic in action at RG & JL Peate

Situated in Dan Y Derw Cyfronydd, in rural Mid Wales, RG & JL Peate is run by husband-and-wife team John and Nicola Peate.

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Congratulations to the latest members of the Dekalb White 500 club!

Well done to RG & JL Peate and Mill Farm Eggs on their outstanding results.

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The BFREPA 2022 Awards - a win-win evening for Joice and Hill!

Congratulations to all the award winners at last Wednesday’s BFREPA Gala Dinner.

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Melcoe Park Farm - superb results from meticulously managed Dekalb White flocks

Enrichment, optimisation of capacity, and a focus on welfare pay off for Melcoe Park Farm.

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Welcome to Maurice Salmond

Maurice will be taking over as Area Technical Sales Manager Scotland and North West England on October 17th

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Dekalb White - a proven track record in UK free range!

Possibly the most productive layer in the world.

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The Dekalb White 500 CLUB

Known as “the most productive layer in the world” the Dekalb White is gaining an increasingly loyal following among UK producers.

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Meet us on Stand 37 at BFREPA 2022

The 2022 BFREPA Conference and Exhibition, in partnership with ForFarmers, returns this year as a live event.

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Success for Bovans Brown at Hill Top Hens Horncastle

A strict routine, constant attention to detail and smart technologies reward Hill Top Hens.

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Innovation and investment for energy efficiency, sustainability, and chick quality

Part of Hendrix Genetics, a world-leading multi-species breeding company, we benefit from world-class breeding and sustained investment. The result is exceptional genetics and excellent chick quality.

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Is the Dekalb White the most sustainable laying hen in the world?

Combining excellent behaviour and liveability in barn and free-range systems, extended production cycles, superb laying persistency, supreme egg quality, and an excellent feed conversion ratio.

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See us on stand 12 at the Pig & Poultry Fair 2022!

The 2022 Fair takes place on 9th and 10th May and is a much-anticipated opportunity for the industry to get together after a four-year break.

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Intuition and trust deliver success at Manor Farm

Looking to diversify, Simon and Victoria Elwess of Manor Farm discovered that many friends and neighbours had found the addition of poultry to be a good fit alongside existing activities.

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Introducing the Vision 365 ten year plan

Join the movement to double global egg consumption by 2032! Vision 365 was launched by the IEC to unleash the potential of eggs by developing the nutritional reputation of eggs on a global scale.

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New Management Guides - In Print and Online

Following the publication of our new breed standards in September, a complete set of updated management guides have now been published.

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Jack McAlister announced as a Zoetis-NFU Poultry Trainee Award Finalist

Four finalists have been announced for the 2021 Zoetis-NFU Poultry Trainee Awards and our very own Jack McAlister is among them.

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Simon Bowden joins Joice and Hill

Simon Bowden joined the Joice and Hill Technical Salesforce on January 31st, 2022.

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Proven performance on video

Learn about the incredible genetic potential of our layer chicks in our latest video!

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The National Egg & Poultry Awards 2021 – we are finalists!

We are thrilled to have been nominated for two awards at this year’s National Egg & Poultry Awards.

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The Next Generation of Layers Are Here!

New standards promise longer cycles, improved performance and more sustainable egg production.

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An Emotional Send Off for Winston Westcott

Over 100 colleagues, friends and customers from across the world of poultry attended an emotional send off for Winston Westcott at the Land Rover Experience, West Country.

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Summer 2021 Insider Newsletter out now

Get your copy of the Summer issue of the Insider Newsletter, to catch up on our latest farm stories and updates, online or in print!

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Winston Westcott Memorial Day

Winston Westcott, a much-loved veteran of the poultry sector, passed away unexpectedly at his home in Somerset, on Wednesday 14th April 2021.

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Managing Hendrix Genetics layers in a heatwave

Written for hotter climates than the UK, this useful guide has some valuable advice for managing during our summer months.

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Introducing Will Judson

We are delighted to welcome Will Judson as our new Technical Sales Representative for customers in Lincolnshire, Yorkshire and the North East.

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Updated nutrition guide now available online

A comprehensively updated and fully illustrated 28-page A4 Nutrition Guide is now available for download.

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Investing in chick quality

To give our customers the best possible chicks, our investment focus continues to be placed on chick quality with continued investment in our farms, hatchery and delivery vehicles.

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In memory of Winston Westcott

Winston Westcott, a much-loved veteran of the poultry sector, passed away unexpectedly at his home in Somerset, on Wednesday 14 April 21.

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Dekalb White - premium performance in tests and on the range in the UK

The Dekalb White layer breed is capable of astonishing returns for producers, and it is the most popular white Hendrix Genetics layer hybrid across Europe.

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Defra advice for returning layers to the range

Before birds are allowed outside, you must make sure wild birds do not have access to the area that you intend to allow birds to access and that all steps to remove contamination have been taken.

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Meet Kevin Garner - Sales & Technical Field Support

After a successful career as a Farm Manager with Woolley Park Farm, in Wiltshire, Kevin is now putting his extensive experience at the disposal of our producers and rearers.

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Winter 2021 Insider Newsletter - Available online now!

For all the latest news and farm stories from Joice and Hill, read the latest Insider here.

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The National Egg & Poultry Awards 2020

Joice and Hill - winners of Hatchery of the Year and Unit Manager of the Year.

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Meet our new Internal Sales Manager

On 1st July 2019, Julien joined the Joice and Hill team in the UK as a management trainee in layer distribution.

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Thank you to Josie Arman

Josie Arman to retire after a remarkable 50 years of devotion to the poultry sector.

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Welcome to Carol Kirk, our new area Technical Sales Manager

She brings a wealth of poultry experience to the role, backed by an HVQ in Poultry gained at Lincoln University.

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Nutrition guide and two new management guides - available online

Free to download and full of detailed information from the experts at Hendrix Genetics - two new extensive Layer Management Guides for colony and free-range systems, plus our Nutrition Guide.

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Keep your birds productive to 100 weeks

Feed strategies by Estella Leentfaar - Nutritionist, Hendrix Genetics LayersIn order to get the full genetic potential out of your flock it is important to supply the right daily nutrients.

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The Egg Academy – encouraging new blood into the egg sector

With egg consumption rocketing, but a lack of workers in the egg sector, a collaboration of companies across the egg-laying industry are launching a course to attract new blood.

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Little Hollacombe Farm – a patient start for larger eggs

From pullet rearing to packing, through to marketing and distributing their own eggs - meet Andrew and Sharon Jeffery of Little Hollacombe Farm.

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The Bovans Brown – renowned for larger eggs and exceptional versatility

A natural large egg-size layer, the Bovans Brown can be managed to meet changing market demands.

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Setting the standard for sustainable animal breeding

The Hendrix Genetics mission is to “support the global food challenge with high quality animal genetics” and this vision extends well into the future.

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R.I.P. Jim Wilson

His family pay tribute to a much loved and influential poultry figure saying “They don’t make them like him anymore!

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Congratulations and Jubilations – 2020 Egg and Poultry Award Finalists!

We are delighted to have been selected as finalists in three categories at this year’s Poultry Business Egg and Poultry Awards.

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The poultry industry’s fantastic response

A big thank you to our hatchery personnel, delivery drivers who have worked to feed the country and to all the NHS and frontline workers who have helped us through trying times.

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Mental Health – It’s OK to ask for help

Nick Bailey appeals for an increased awareness of the dangers to poultry farmers from mental illness.

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The Pig and Poultry Show Edition - Now Online!

Today would have been the opening day of the Pig and Poultry Show 2020. We will miss the opportunity to meet our customers and contacts face to face.

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Reducing stress in laying hens

Hendrix Genetics is one of 20 partners working together to study poultry stress in response to various environments, including the impact of housing systems and feed programs.

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Helping the food sector to maintain continuity of supply – COVID-19 update

In light of the current COVID-19 crisis we continue to monitor and follow government advice and assess show best to support our customers and indeed the whole supply chain, through this crisis. Pleas…

500 Eggs in 100 Weeks – Marking a landmark at Wellington Farm, Herefordshire

On 22 January Jeroen Visscher, Director of Layer Research & Development at Hendrix Genetics joined representatives from Country Fresh Pullets and Joice and Hill, at Wellington Farm, to mark a lan…

Advancing animal welfare through sensing and AI technology

There is an urgent need to respond to consumers’ demands relating to animal welfare. To address this, the industry continues to transition to welfare-friendly systems, such as free range-egg farms an…

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Jack McAlister - finalist in the Zoetis-NFU Poultry Trainee Awards

The finalists for the Zoetis-NFU Poultry Trainee Award span the industry - from a hatchery to broiler growing and free-range egg production. And since the original award in 2007 this is the first tim…

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Warren and Bovans selected for “First of a Kind” Rearing System

Knowledge, experience and the right breedVencomatic recently opened the doors of its ‘first-of-a-kind’ Bolegg Starter Rearing System at well-attended open day, at Yorkshire Farmhouse Eggs in North Yo…

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Well done Josie – A well-deserved Lifetime Achievement Award!

The annual conference for British Free Range Egg Producers Association (BFREPA) was held on Tuesday 15th October 2019. Prior to the conference the BFREPA Gala Dinner and Awards, in association with T…

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Come and See Us at the BFREPA Conference and AGM

The 2019 BFREPA Conference, Exhibition and AGM on the 15th October is in its 28th year and is the largest poultry conference of its type in the UK.

2019 National Egg and Poultry Awards

This year’s National Egg & Poultry Awards saw Joice and Hill reach the finals for no less than four awards after the judges visited the Hatchery at Eye near Peterborough.

Success in Scotland!

Hendrix breeds won TWO awards at the Scottish Egg Quality Awards this year.Joice and Hill were part sponsors of the 2019 Scottish Egg Quality Awards presentation dinner which was held at Murrayshall …

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Developing a new generation of talent

Jack joined the Joice and Hill Hatchery Team in September 2018 as a full time hatchery apprentice. His appointment represents a first step towards achieving our objective of bringing young talent int…

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Hendrix Genetics outperform the competition in the 40th North Carolina Layer Performance and Management Test

The North Carolina Layer Performance and Management Test is an annual, independent trial meant to assist the poultry industry in evaluating the performance of the top commercial layer products in var…

Hatchery Technology Now and Then

The photograph above, taken in 1972, tells a compelling story about the evolution of hatchery technology. Today’s hatcheries are designed for resource efficiency, biosecurity, and built-in controls t…

Coming your way - insects, artificial intelligence and virtual reality!

Hendrix Genetics Innovations was founded in 2016 with a remit to explore new technologies to understand their potential impact on the business, partners, and clients, and to support innovative startu…

2019 The Road Ahead

The UK egg industry is a brilliant and exciting sector to work in. 

Achieving egg weight targets that match market trends

With our range of brands, finding the right genetics for your flock is easy with Joice and Hill. All of our breeds show a very quick rise in early egg size but genetically the Bovans Brown and ISA Br…

‘Don’t get hangry, get cracking’   - British Egg Week

With British Egg Week 2018 (8-14 October) coming up, British Lion eggs has developed a toolkit to help retailers, food manufacturers and caterers to start planning how to make the most of the week.  

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Introducing the "Eggxaminator"

The Eggxaminator is a brand new piece of technology that will enhance egg quality data collection even further than before. Created in collaboration with Hendrix Genetics Innovations and a tech partn…

Going ‘cage free’ by 2025 - welfare consequences for laying hens

The commitment of the UK’s (remaining) major supermarkets to only sell shell eggs from non-caged birds, from 2025 will have a significant impact on the lives of millions of hens.

Breeding for prolonged laying cycles in laying hens, a breeding programme explained!

In just 6o years layer breeding has produced modern hybrids with performance and persistency characteristics that would have astonished the breeding pioneers of past generations. 

A cracking night for Joice and Hill

The National Egg & Poultry Awards is an annual event which recognises excellence and innovation in the egg and poultry sectors.  

German Free-Range Farm Achieves 500 Eggs in 100 weeks

A flock of 40,000 Dekalb White layers have become the first commercial layers in Germany to achieve the 500 eggs in 100 weeks milestone.

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Laying hens unlock natural defences to ward off disease

A new genetic link to the immune system in laying hens has been discovered that could result in laying hens being born resistant to many diseases.  

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An insight into the Genetics Applied to Livestock Production World Congress

In February of this year, the World Congress on Genetics Applied to Livestock Production was held. Get to know the insights, trends and key outcomes of the event. 

Egg free scrambled eggs anyone?

In an alarming move in their mission their mission to create an egg free world, Hampton Creek, the company behind egg free Just Mayo, plan to launch Just Scrambled - egg free, "scrambled eggs" in the…

Egg consumption figures bring good news (and a cloud on the horizon)

There was good news and bad news for egg producers in February. Happily, its mainly good news, as British consumers continue to increase their consumption of eggs with great enthusiasm and eggs conti…

Feeding for successful flocks in free range, barn and organic production systems!

Globally, much of the recent work on nutrition has been based on the needs of birds housed in intensive systems. However, there are significant differences, particularly in energy requirements, for b…

Revolutionary Kipster Layer Farm Opened

In September the first Kipster farm was officially opened. This is the most state-of-the-art layer farm in the world. Hendrix Genetics is a proud partner in this concept and the first Dekalb White la…

It’s Official – Runny Eggs Back On The Menu!

Pregnant women, babies and elderly people can now enjoy dippy eggs again for the first time since the 1980s – as long as they have the British Lion mark on. 

First Flock of Scottish Shavers Judged ‘Outstanding’

This year’s Scottish Egg Quality Awards were held at the Murrayshall Hotel, Scone, on Thursday 13th July. Nick Bailey and Dick McGillvary attended as guests of Iain Campbell from For Farmers and were…

The Curious Case of Cloud Eggs

Eggs are growing in popularity, and consumption is rising. No longer restricted to a breakfast staple, eggs are cropping up on trendy menus and cooking programmes all over the place, oozing out of ra…

First Hatches of New Generation Warren

Warren are due to begin on the 16th of March, creating an additional option to the existing Hendrix portfolio, in response to the growth in the UK free range egg sector.