TETRA layer breeding has a history of 45 years. Thanks to the specialized knowledge of our colleagues and genetic programs based on foresighted market thinking, as well as successful research and development programs, our hybrids perform superbly under various climatic and management conditions. The number of our products expands continuously in order to serve different market requirements.
Our breeding is based in Hungary (Bábolna, Uraiujfalu), in the heart of Europe. We also have GP integrations in four continents based in the US, China, Africa and Europe.
Precise data collection on our high capacity elite and crossed progeny test farms, where modern technology is used to gather egg production and quality data from approx. 23.000 elite hens, provides the information for genetic selection. Our personalized and powerful genetic analysis program is able to choose the most valuable hens and males for the next generation by evaluating numerous traits of thousands of birds. Our aim is preserving uniformity in terms of production, while maintaining population diversity necessary for genetic progress. We need to create the right balance between these goals; therefore, currently we put more emphasis on using genetic markers. With the help of marker assisted selection, we are able to control certain parts of our genetic work depending on the market requirements.
Traditional tests still provide the most valuable information for our breeding, however, costs and availability of marker research improve rapidly and nowadays, they complement classical methods effectively.
Consequent progress in our genetic work is supported by continuous research programs with our partner institutes; Kaposvar University (www.english.ke.hu) and Research Centre for Farm Animal Gene Conservation (www.geneconservation.hu). These long term collaborations ensure the highest standard of TETRA breeding and commercial stocks.
Our hybrids are characterized by high number of eggs, exceptional egg quality even with long laying cycle, tolerance against climatic and management conditions, exceptional livability. Selection program of our alternative breeds supported by cutting edge technologies, like computer tomography and meat quality tests, while sustainability remains one of the most important factors. We believe that all of our efforts will guarantee the competitiveness and increased popularity of TETRA hybrids around the world.