Hendrix Genetics Analyzes 60 Years of North Carolina Layer Test Data

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This month, Hendrix Genetics published an analysis of 60 years of data from the North Carolina Layer Performance and Management Tests.

The layer performance research is directed by Ken Anderson, professor in the Prestage Department of Poultry Science and recently named Fellow of the Poultry Science Association.

The Hendrix Genetics piece highlights the land-grant mission and values of NC State. Through NC State Extension, author Teun van de Braak was able to gather data to support an analysis of 60 years of tests.

from the article

It has been more than 60 years since the 1st tests at the North Carolina Random Sample Egg-Laying Test were performed. The very first tests were conducted in 1958, and the most recent tests (40th) have been completed in 2019. In those 60 years, a lot has changed: not only the name of the test (It was first established as the North Carolina Random Sample Egg-Laying Test (1958-1980), followed by the North Carolina Layer Production and Management Test (1981-1982), the North Carolina Layer Performance and Management Test (1983-2010), and the North Carolina Layer Performance and Management Program (2010 – current)), but also the breeds tested, the housing systems tested, and not to forget the most important, i.e. the performance of the layer breeds.

Read the full Hendrix Genetics piece.

If you have questions about the North Carolina Layer Performance and Management Tests, or about commercial egg production, please contact Ken Anderson.