You may not have heard of the company, but Hybrid Turkeys is behind a lot of the turkey you buy. Hybrid began breeding birds in 1953 and is now the largest primary turkey breeder in the world. Primary breeders raise the grandparents, great-grandparents and great-great-grandparents of the birds on commercial farms. Hybrid is responsible for more than half the parent turkey stock worldwide. The company is owned by Hendrix Genetics, based in the Netherlands.
Primary breeders genetically select birds that grow bigger, faster, using less food. Hybrid-bred stock end up on farms across Canada and account for 90 per cent of the turkey we eat.
In response to issues detailed in the Marketplace investigation, Hybrid suspended four employees, including a supervisor, and launched an investigation.
Read the press releases from Hybrid Turkeys:
- Hybrid Turkeys pledges increased resources and focus on Animal Welfare following undercover video from Animal Rights Group
- Update Regarding Hybrid Turkeys Actions to Enhance Animal Welfare
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