News – fresh from the nest
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16 June 2023
Change of German legislation
The Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) modified the existing legal regulation regarding the culling of chicks in Germany. Up from the 1st of January 2024 in-ovo sexing can be performed until day 12 of the incubation process. The latest research done by the Technical University of Munich on how chicken embryos feel pain has been recognized. The legal framework for the legislation on chick culling in Germany now provides planning protection for the egg industry.
15 June 2023
Closing of Zeewolde hatchery
This week the last in-ovo sexing of our team took place at the hatchery Verbeek in Zeewolde, the Netherlands. The hatchery will be closed due to the location having a very high incidence of avian influenza.
We would like to thank our local team for their hard work and enthusiasm and look forward to continuing to work with them at other sites. We also want to thank the team of Verbeek for being one of the leaders in in-ovo sexing in the Netherlands and for trusting in our technology as one of the first hatcheries in 2021.
10 May 2023
Steinsland & Co and respeggt start cooperation in Norway
We are pleased to inform you in this press release about our cooperation with the Norwegian hatchery Steinsland & Co in Bryne, Norway.
Steinsland & Co is now the first Scandinavian hatchery to install in-ovo sexing technology. Find our press release below.
4 May 2023
New respeggt System Manual online
We would like to inform you about the update of our respeggt System Manual. Changed conditions as well as internal changes have required minor adjustments in our requirements. We hope that with this System Manual we can continue to offer an up-to-date and reliable solution to end chick culling. You can find the new System Manual on our website or you can download it right here.
11 February 2023
Arme Brüder – Article in DER SPIEGEL
In the German weekly magazine DER SPIEGEL issue no. 7 published on 11 February 2023, author Julia Koch took an up-to-date look at the ban on chick culling in Germany, explained current procedures of gender identification in the hatching egg and pointed out the changes in the poultry market that can be observed in Germany and Europe as a result of the law.
22 November 2022
Duits dilemma rondom eendagshaantjes – Article in NIEUWE OOGST
In the online edition of the magazine NIEUWE OOGS, John Lamers has outlined Germany’s difficult situation in phasing out chick-culling with regard to the tightening of the law as of 2024 and has spoken to our colleagues at EuroTier 2022 about this.
In the article, the currently discussed scenarios and alternatives are examined against the backdrop of economic efficiency and sustainability. The author also points to the possible re-evaluation of the existing Animal Welfare Act in 2023, based on potential new scientific findings on the pain perception of the chicken embryo in the hatching egg.
21 November 2022
EuroTier 2022 in Hanover
From 15.11.2022 to 18.11.2022, respeggt participated at EuroTier 2022 and presented its key products and services at their own booth.
With an interactive 3D model of the latest SELEGGT Circuit, SELEGGT Lab and SELEGGT Sorter as well as the respeggt supply chain, visitors of the trade fair could vividly experience the gender identification in the hatching egg with the SELEGGT method and the respeggt supply chain verification with the respeggt heart shaped logo.
9 November 2022
Support in case of avian influenza
We would like to update you on the latest change in the respeggt system regarding the handling of avian influenza.
12 October 2022
Ceres Award 2022 – Presentation of the Award at the Night of Agriculture in Berlin
On 12 October, the Ceres Award 2022 was presented in a festive gala evening at the Zoo Palast in Berlin. This year, the award in the main category “Farmer of the Year 2022”, endowed with 20,000 euros, goes to Benedikt Bösel, who convinced the jury with his innovative and forward-looking farm concept in Brandenburg, Germany. As category sponsor, we are also particularly pleased about the winner of the category “Poultry farmer of the year 2022”, Holger Hogt, who also keeps respeggt hens on his laying hen farm. Congratulations to all winners and all the best for the future!
30 September 2022
Change of shareholders at respeggt
We are pleased to inform you that as of today HatchTech Group will take over REWE Group’s 50% share in SELEGGT GmbH and respeggt GmbH. As a result, HatchTech will become the sole shareholder of both companies.
This agreement will enable SELEGGT and respeggt to accelerate their international growth by taking advantage of HatchTech’s global network.
9 September 2022
In a dialogue interview, Tobias Ferling, Managing Director of LOHMANN Deutschland GmbH and Dr Ludger Breloh, Managing Director of respeggt GmbH talk about the new cooperation between the two companies, about sustainability, the challenges of Germany as a business location and about the possibilities of applying the SELEGGT process in the organic sector.
6 September 2022
Hatching of the first respeggt chicks determined in Germany!
After only a four-week installation phase at LOHMANN Deutschland’s hatchery in Ankum, the first 60,000 hatching eggs were successfully sexed with the SELEGGT circuit.
The resulting female chicks will lay respeggt eggs after rearing.
2 September 2022
UK retailers blocking moves to end the killing of day-old male chicks – The Guardian article on respeggt and SELEGGT
The Guardian Aktikel by Tom Ambrose about the legal ban on chick culling in UK und Europe
In a detailed The Guardian online article, Tom Ambrose reports on the issue of chick culling in the EU, the solutions available in France and Germany, and the political challenges of the issue in the UK.
28 July 2022
Changes in the respeggt business model
We would like to update you on the recent changes in the respeggt system. These changes are the result of market developments, technological advances and respeggt’s constant efforts to keep the risks and barriers to entry as low as possible for all system partners.
Here you can find out about all the changes that will be implemented with immediate effect for all new orders received after 01.08.2022.
21 July 2022
Piep? – German DIE ZEIT reports on SELEGGT
DIE ZEIT article by Merlind Theile about the SELEGGT process
In a detailed article for DIE ZEIT, Merlind Theile comprehensively summarized the current state of the ban on chick culling in Germany and Europe and differentiated the challenges on the way to a European solution.
12 July 2022
Verbeek Broederij BV installs second SELEGGT Circuit
Press release on the capacity expansion at Verbeek Broederij BV
We are happy to inform you in this press release about the installation of a second SELEGGT Circuit at Verbeek Broederij BV. We are very pleased that Verbeek has decided to double its in-ovo sexing capacity with SELEGGT. This step shows that we have been able to prove our practicality.
6 July 2022
How sex selection technology is transforming the egg industry – Poultry News reports on SELEGGT and respeggt
Poultry News article by Chloe Ryan on gender identification thechnologies in the hatching egg
In the online edition of Poultry News magazine, Chloe Ryan reports on current technologies for in ovo gender identification of hatching eggs describing the SELEGGT process and respeggt’s service. The article was also published in print in Poultry Business magazine.
6 July 2022
LOHMANN Deutschland and respeggt start cooperation
Press release on the cooperation with LOHMANN Deutschland
We are pleased to inform you in this press release about our new cooperation with LOHMANN Deutschland.
We are looking forward to operating the SELEGGT process on German soil for the first time and thus, expanding the range of solutions to end chick culling in Germany. Despite the political uncertainties in Germany from 2024 onwards, we have decided that this step is now right and important for the laying hen industry.
2 July 2022
Hähne oder Ei? – FOCUS magazine reports on SELEGGT
FOCUS article by Alina Reichhardt about SELEGGT
In a comprehensive report in the July issue of FOCUS magazine, Alina Reichhardt examined the issue of chick killing, its solutions and the political situation in Germany and Europe and described the different perspectives.
20 January 2022
Newsletter no. 1/2022
Early in-ovo sexing processes with respeggt supply chain verification.
10 December 2021
Changes and system adjustments at respeggt group.
11-13 October 2021
Thinking outside the egg box – how to offer the added value of our “Free of Chick Culling” label for egg products. Keynote address at the Anuga @home 2021 on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at 4 p.m. on the Product Stage. We look forward to meeting you at our virtual booth at the fair!
11 August 2021
The heart-shaped respeggt label is a finalist!
We are proud to be among the nominees for the German Sustainability Award Design 2022 for our heart-shaped respeggt label. We wish all the nominees success and look forward to competing together.
7 June 2021
First brood of female respeggt chicks in France!
We have set up a respeggt Sexing Unit at the hatchery Novoponte, where we carry out gender identification in the hatching egg. Read the French press release below.
3 December 2020
SELEGGT Circulus wins silver medal! Our SELEGGT Circulus technology for gender identification in the hatching egg was awarded a silver medal at the EuroTier 2021 Innovation Awards.