Published on Oct. 2, 2017
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.
Several free-range producers and pullet rearers, across the UK have placed orders and are keen to see the new Warren in action. One of these “early adopters” is Doug Wanstall of Bank Farm in Kent, an exclusively free range rearer and producer, housing approximately 180,000 birds across eleven sites. He said: “We rear our own chicks and so chick quality is very important. We are pretty keen on the Bovans and we like the ethos of Hendrix Genetics as a whole. We are expecting the new generation Warren to be even more robust than the Bovans, able to deliver optimal performance, in more challenging conditions, because of its extra resilience”.
Focusing on behaviour and resilience
ver the last few years, the R&D team at Hendrix Genetics have been working on the new Warren genetics, with the free-range sector in mind. Focusing on behaviour and resilience, the lines have been selected and tested in the floor system breeding centre in Champcourt in France, under the watchful eye of R&D Director, Frans van Sambeek and Senior Geneticist, Julian Fablet.
Recognising the challenges facing free range producers, the new Warren will be slightly heavier framed with all the advantages of a modern hybrid; egg quality, productivity and performance.
For more information on the full Hendrix portfolio including the Warren, Bovans Brown, Shaver Brown, ISA Brown and Dekalb White, please contact Peter Cumbers.