Social impact

Socially sustainable animal breeding

A socially sustainable pathway for the entire animal protein industry is not as far away as it sometimes is portrayed. Ethical concerns are already being implemented as part of our focus on sustainable animal breeding.

All animal behavior serves an evolutionary purpose. Over millions of years, animals developed certain protective behavior in order to survive. In a farm setting, behavior such as pecking can cause damage and make management more difficult. As a breeding company, our role is to understand animal interaction in order to make selections that will result in a more docile and resilient group of animals.

As new, innovative farm systems become the norm, it is important to lead forward by examining how animals behave in more open environments such as cage-free egg farming and group housing for pigs.

We can then make selections so animals can thrive in the right system. Our role is to examine the following areas:

  • Selecting for social animal behavior
  • The impact of high-quality animal genetics
  • Breeding for resilient, easy to manage traits

Balanced breeding has been our philosophy from the beginning. Find out the gains achieved and what is expected in the future. With Hendrix Genetics animals, we show you what’s possible in your barn, now and in the future.