US: talks to re-launch popular W-36 hen variety
Hy-Line International, the US-based company involved
in layer hen breeding, has initiated talks with several Indian companies to
re-launch the W-36 or the White Leghorn W-36 strain hen.
John A. Greaves, president and CEO who attended the international poultry
exhibition in India, said that the W-36 hen variety was being offered in India
through the Hyderabad-based Systemic Hatcheries. Seeing a huge potential in
India, the company had begun talks with some key players to re-launch the
He claimed that W-36, which is popular for its efficient egg laying
abilities, had a market share of 70% in the US layer market and 30% globally.
The layers give a high output, while consuming minimum feed.
Greaves stated that the country had huge potential regarding poultry
products consumption. â€œThe per capita egg consumption in India is at 40.
Compared with this, consumption levels in Mexico, China and Japan are beyond
300. If India ate half of this, it would require 400 million more layers â€” more
than the entire US production,â€ he said.
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