As global leader in the Premium market segment Hubbard has been involved in the selection and marketing of slower-growing broiler breeds for more than 50 years. To be fully prepared for the future, Hubbard recently invested an additional €8 million in its Premium R&D centre in France.
Hubbard has always adapted its breeding program to changes in consumption patterns such as increased demand for conformation, meat quality and efficiency without losing focus on robustness and animal welfare. For that, Hubbard intensified the R&D of its Premium Product Range a few years ago, resulting in even more productive and efficient Premium chickens in order to keep the price of Premium meat close enough to conventional products.
“On top of this, during the last two years, we have completely refurbished our Premium R&D centre in France. This has been a huge project in which many people and resources have been involved. This major additional investment of €8 million allows us to be even better prepared for the future. This involves implementation of state-of-the-art technologies and equipment, renovation of R&D farms and the pedigree hatchery. The effort profits Hubbard customers by a boost in performance, health and welfare of their broiler breeder lines,” says Frédéric Fagnoul, Director R&D for Hubbard.
Increased selection pressure
Increased selection pressure results in seeing improvements in the field much faster. With the latest investments made, Hubbard’s Premium R&D is now in line with the selection pressure of its Conventional R&D. To achieve this Hubbard has increased the population size and the number of hatches of each pedigree line in its Premium R&D program. On top this, the accuracy of genetic selection methods has been increased by using the latest technologies and techniques, such as advanced 3D imaging to improve selection for skeletal health, meat yield and quality. Also, new technology is being implemented to observe FCR and feeding behaviour during a bird’s lifetime, in order to select birds that are the most efficient in converting feed to body weight. These additional gains in FCR means that less feed is needed to produce healthy and productive Premium chickens.
Hubbard offers a large range of Premium breeder females and males to be able to respond the growing differentiation of the broiler markets. New developments are driven by the ‘Global Animal Partnership’ (GAP) in North America and the ‘European Chicken Commitment’ (ECC) in Europe. “With several new options in our R&D pipeline and some test products currently being placed in the field, we are fully prepared for future market developments in this segment of the broiler industry,” says Frédéric Fagnoul.
The people behind the product
Hubbard is proud to say that they have very dedicated teams working every day to further improve their Premium breeds for our customers. All Hubbard’s staff is very passionate about their jobs in taking care of the company’s Premium birds and selecting the best candidates for the future. Everyone at Hubbard has the key objective to be ‘the natural choice to bring the taste with a difference to more people in the world!’
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