Egg Industry - November 2017 - 12
Lukas Blazek, Dreamstime
12 ❙ EggIndustry
In ovo sexing 2020 pledge
unlikely to be met
Technologies for in ovo sexing are progressing, but several obstacles
remain before any of these can be successfully commercialized.
BY DEVEN KING
The United Egg Producers' promise to have in ovo
sexing in commercial hatcheries by 2020 is overly
ambitious given the progress of research currently underway, according to Dr. Neil O'Sullivan, director of
global product management, Hy-Line International.
The egg industry is working vigorously to move to in
ovo sexing - the ability to sex eggs before incubation
- but he told the audience at USPOULTRY's 2017
Live Production, Welfare and Biosecurity Seminar, on
September 19 in Nashville, Tennessee, that the technology isn't ready for commercialization yet.
The humane euthanasia of day-old chicks has been
challenged by animal welfare activists in recent years.
"Research has been underway to find methods to
either in ovo sex during the incubation process or,
ideally, to gender sort the eggs prior to incubation,"
Researchers all over the world are working to find a
solution. O'Sullivan explained that, from what he can tell,
the researchers in Canada are furthest along in the process.
However, he explained that the group working on the project there has not opened the study to outside partners.
www.WATTAgNet.com ❙ November 2017