Nulkaba Hatchery provides a real alternative in Australian poultry breeding.
We are independent of major egg, broiler, duck and quail producers and have no effective involvement in any of these industries. Our broiler, layer, duck and quail genetic programmes are conducted in Australia by a qualified and experienced geneticist. As we conduct our own genetic programmes, and own our genetic resources, no royalty payments to overseas breeding companies are required. All of our breeding programmes are designed to produce high performance livestock for the barn or free range environment – the poultry farming choice of the future. Because our breeding programmes are conducted in Australia, and in the environment of ultimate use, our lines have become increasingly heat tolerant. Additionally, as our layer and broiler stock are of a quiet temperament and easily managed, no beak trimming is required.
Independent of major egg, broiler, duck and quail producers
Nulkaba Hatchery is a privately owned business independent of major egg, broiler, duck and quail producers. Our expertise lies in the genetic improvement and subsequent hatching, rearing and sale of egg and broiler strains of chickens, ducks and quail. We are not an integrated operation and therefore have no effective involvement in the broiler or egg production industries, or in the duck or quail industries.
Genetic programmes conducted in Australia by an experienced geneticist
All our genetic improvement programmes are conducted in Australia by an experienced geneticist. Conducting on-going improvement in Australia means that the resultant layers, ducks and quail are likely to be more adapted, and suitable, for the Australian market. Our geneticist is university trained and has had more than thirty five years experience in the Australian poultry industry having developed the superior Siro-CT, Siro-CB and Hy-Line Gold layers, and the Rochedale Hywate broiler, and co-developed the Hy-Line and Steggles broilers. Our proprietary poultry lines include both Australian and imported blood lines which provide a good mix in our commercial layers, ducks and quail.
No royalty payments to overseas breeding companies
Because we own our proprietary lines of poultry we have no requirement to pay on-going royalties to foreign poultry breeding companies. Because we conduct our own genetic improvement programmes we have no requirement to regularly import expensive updated genetic material. All of our spending remains in Australia to benefit the Australian community.
Breeding programmes designed for barn and free range environment
Our genetic programmes are specifically designed to produce high performance livestock for the barn and free range environment. In addition to improving our poultry for the usual economic characteristics (egg production, egg size, etc. in layers and growth rate, feed efficiency, etc. in ducks and quail) we also pay particular attention to behavioural characteristics and broodiness. Increasing the prevalence of favourable behaviour patterns and reducing the incidence of broodiness results in easier flock management and improved economic performance in the barn and free range environment.
Heat tolerant livestock
Because our layer lines, our ducks and our game birds, have all been bred in Australia for consecutive generations in sheds that are not environmentally controlled, they have become adapted to the Australian environment and are now heat tolerant. This is in stark contrast to the regularly imported stock marketed by other breeding companies which is not specifically adapted to the environment experienced in the barn and free range production systems.
No beak trimming is required
Both our commercial broiler and our commercial layer are of a quiet and friendly (but not timid) temperament with no significant vices apparent. Because of this quiet temperament, no beak trimming is required for trouble free lifetime production. Beak trimming is of increasing concern to welfare lobbyists and minimising or avoiding this practice through improved behavioural characteristics will become increasingly important.