Egg Industry - January 2018 - 12
12 ❙ EggIndustry
Chick are placed in baskets as they are prepared for shipment. The hatchery's location allows it to supply
farms in the western U.S. as well as across the country. Austin Alonzo
Manger Doug Metzler said two more
farms are expected to be built in 2018.
The Grand Island location's annual
production capacity is about 24 million female chicks per year.
Biosecurity as a bedrock
of the business
Metzler said biosecurity is a
key to the company's ability to deliver a quality product reliably, so
it's at the center of their business
and at the core of the Grand Island
"Biosecurity in general is a business preservation and insurance
policy of sorts. You do everything
you can to prevent something from
destroying the business that you
worked very hard to build," Metzler
said. "It's not only us and the investment we have there, but we also con-
sider it very important to make sure
that our customers can appreciate
the same disease-free product that
they expect to receive every time."
The facility uses segregation of
workers, filtration of air and water,
and a shower-in-shower-out policy
to protect the eggs and chicks from
disease. Luis Soto, Hendrix's hatchery
manager, said the facility is organized
into dirty and clean areas. Workers
don't move from one side to another.
The clean area is where the fertilized eggs are received, stored and
incubated. The dirty area is where
chicks are hatched, sorted, vaccinated and prepared for shipment to
layer farms around the country. The
hatchery's two sides are divided by a
corridor designed to keep the operations separate which doubles as a
storage location for disinfectants and
cleansers used in the operation. The
hatchery's offices are also partitioned off to bolster biosecurity.
All employees who enter into the
hatchery and could come in contact
with chicks or eggs are required
to shower in and out. Employees
are issued scrubs to wear inside
the facility. Soto said the hatchery
even purchased industrial strength
washing machines to keep the workwear clean. Metzler said shower in
and shower out is also used at all
Hendrix breeder farms.
Air and water purification
Filtration of air and water is also
used extensively. Metzler said all water
in the hatchery is reverse osmosis filtered to remove impurities, and all air
flowing into the facility is clean.
Soto said an on-site water diswww.WATTAgNet.com ❙ January 2018