Latest News From Joice & Hill

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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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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…

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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…

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…

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…

‘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.  

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.  

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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.  

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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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.