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Egg-shell quality and egg internal quality are of major importance to the egg industry worldwide and may be measured in a range of ways both commercially and in research facilities. Egg quality is also important for food safety as eggs are periodically implicated in cases of food-borne illness.
Focus on benefits of heat treatment to reduce embryonic mortality caused by prolonged storage in avian species. Current technology allows being more accurate and the process with consistent results irrespective of egg age, breed, size, egg weight or storage time of the loaded eggs.
Hendrix Genetics recently announced a landmark investment in Grand Island, Nebraska (USA). The hatchery will become the focal point for egg producers in that part of the US and it will be capable of hatching 24 million egg laying chickens per year.