EGG-CITE: What brands will be available?
Peter Mumm: We intend distributing Shaver White, DeKalb White, Isa Brown and both Bovans White and Brown. At this stage we are holding HiSex and Babcock in reserve as our geneticists continues to develop, improve, and adapt all of our lines to fulfil the needs of our markets
EGG-CITE: What is your relationship with the parent company in Canada?
Peter Mumm: Actually, the parent company of Hendrix-ISA LLC is based in the Netherlands. Hendrix Genetics has had operations in Canada for many years holding grandparent stock to produce parent flocks which will be placed in our centers in Virginia and Pennsylvania among others. We are facing a period of high demand to replace hens depleted during the current HPAI eradication campaign.
EGG-CITE: How will your company address this challenge?
Peter Mumm: At the time of the formation of Hendrix-ISA, LLC we were supplying 24 million day-old pullets of all brands annually from hatcheries in Virginia, Missouri and Pennsylvania. Our plan was to achieve an output of 40 million pullets annually by mid-2016. This will require new company-owned farms and extensions to existing hatcheries including Virginia and Pennsylvania. Obviously with the current emergency other options to meet the needs of our customers are under consideration.
EGG-CITE: Coming from a production background how concerned are you over issues of quality and biosecurity especially during the current situation? How are you addressing these issues?
Peter Mumm: By using our technical resources in the EU, Canada and the U.S. we are continually enhancing both biosecurity and production procedures to achieve uniform pullets free of infection, capable of achieving their genetic potential. All of our parent flocks are on concrete floors and we follow rigid biosecurity procedures. Our delivery vehicles are washed before return to our hatcheries and again prior to delivery to pullet rearing farms.
EGG-CITE: Thank you Peter we wish you success in your new position.