Lohmann Tierzucht introduces chicken breed that supplies both meat and eggs
Major producer of egg-laying hens, Lohmann Tierzucht, which produces hens that can lay 250 eggs per year, while the males are fit for broiler production at around 70 days old.
Lohmann Dual is a new cross between layer and broiler genetics and combines the advantages of both breeding lines in the best way possible.
The Germany-based company bred the dual-purpose chicken in response to growing criticism of conventional 'mass culling' practice in modern egg production, whereby male chicks are euthanised because they cannot lay eggs and do not produce much meat because of the characteristics of their breed.
But while the dual-purpose chicken holds promise, Lohmann Tierzucht has experienced some drawbacks in marketing the chickens and eggs. The Lohmann Dual hens lay fewer and smaller eggs compared to conventional hens, and the male birds require more feed than conventional broilers before they are ready for slaughter. As a result, the high cost of feeding the birds could mean the eggs and meat will be more expensive than conventional chicken.
Lohmann Tierzucht is headquartered at Cuxhaven in the northern German state of Lower Saxony. The company is the world leader in the production of parent stock and laying hens as well as in the production of SPF hatching eggs and clean eggs for vaccine production and medical research.