In ovo sex sorting system contest enters next phase
30 January 2020
FFAR and Open Philanthropy joined forces to offer up to 6 million dollars in grants and prizes to the firm, group or individual that successfully develops technology that can accurately and rapidly determine a chick's sex as early as possible during the egg production process.
The sex of most chicks is identified after hatching. As a result approximately 6 billion to 7 billion male layer chicks are culled each year. Producers spend more than 70 million dollars in labor and energy to incubate and sex these eggs and the value of wasted eggs in the U.S. is more than 440 million dollars annually.