Research & Development

R & D is at the heart of what we do at NOVOGEN.

In an effort to remain as close as possible to field conditions, NOVOGEN has been developing innovative selection methods since its creation that quickly allowed a differentiation from its competitors.

 
Cages Test Farm

Selection in collective cages: a pioneering selection programme that has already proved to be successful

This selection method involves choosing animals and families from environments that are similar to field conditions. In addition to the production performance of each bird, NOVOGEN can also select the birds' behaviour while fully respecting their welfare. This is becoming a key requirement in terms of behaviour, alongside other criteria related to animal welfare.

 

Selection in floor systems using RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) technology: a new approach to selection

NOVOGEN's selection programme has recently been enhanced by an innovative selection system featuring RFID in floor housing, which enables animals to be monitored individually using electronic chips. This, in turn, enables a considerable amount of individual data to be gathered and analysed from a group of hens, i.e. in an environment that is very similar to field conditions. New selection criteria, from laying behaviour to nesting behaviour, are therefore available.

 
Egg test 3

Selecting for egg quality: essential requirements complement to good persistency

Egg quality - a vital criterion in value creation - is monitored throughout the entire laying period in all of the various production systems to limit the natural decline in egg quality that occurs during an animal's lifetime. There is a special focus on:

  • shell colour
  • shell strength
  • uniformity of the eggs
  • outstanding internal quality
  • until the end of the production cycle
 

Genomic selection: keeping our feet firmly on the ground while mastering new technology

Always aiming to select animals that are best adapted to field conditions, NOVOGEN has developed a genomic selection project with INRA (the French National Institute for Agricultural Research) which specifically takes genotype*environmental interaction into account. This innovation means that an bird's genetic potential can be evaluated according to different feeding and housing conditions. Genomics also shortens selection cycles and thus speeds up genetic development, as it can assess individuals from the day of hatch.

 

These selection techniques ensure that NOVOGEN has a balanced, complementary and innovative programme in relation to traditional selection methods, because the information gathered about each bird does not just focus on its genetic potential but also on its ability to adapt to different environments.