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Delivering the goods: the DNA of Atlantic salmon breeding

endrix Genetics stepped into the emerging world of aquaculture back in 2011 with its first acquisition of Scottish salmon breeder Landcatch. Over the last six years its aquaculture presence has grown exponentially. With heavy investments in Chile and Scotland the Landcatch breeding programme evolved to a strong global production base, leveraging global knowledge with local application. The Landcatch products are bred with balance in mind to ensure that its customers receive the best solutions right from the start.

From small beginnings

Landcatch was founded in 1980 on a Scottish estate by Sir William Lithgow, Scottish industrialist and chairman of the Lithgow Group. The farm was set up to utilize the natural resources of the estate and contribute to the local community. From these humble beginnings, The Landcatch strain of Atlantic salmon has been developed into a global brand by the application of solid science and expertise and partnership with salmon producers. The strategic distribution of the salmon breeding facilities in Chile, Scotland (UK), and soon to open in Norway, enable the company to leverage the ideal water conditions for the growth and maintenance of its breeding stock, as well as serve customers all over the world. All the state-of-the-art breeding stock and incubation facilities are built to the highest standards for the production of genetically superior, disease-free eggs. With integrated breeding programmes and global eggproduction sites steered by one central R&D team, the development of its Atlantic salmon strains accelerates to meet the demands of the international market. At the same time, the final offering is adapted to local market circumstances and environmental challenges. The Landcatch breeding programme for Atlantic salmon in Chile is backed up by the excellent resources from its parent company Hendrix Genetics. Hendrix Genetics has a long tradition in genetic improvement of both terrestrial and aquatic species, with primary activities in layers, turkeys, traditional poultry, swine, salmon and trout and with operations and joint ventures in 24 countries and more than 2,900 employees worldwide. Moreover, strategic research alliances with leading research institutes in the aquaculture domain (including Wageningen University and Research in the Netherlands, the Roslin institute

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