Troutex ApS was founded in August 2004 by two Danish brood stock farmers Jorgen Joker Trachsel and Ove Ahlgreen. Their vision was to create a company that would deliver certified disease free rainbow trout ova of high quality, all year around and to a worldwide customer base. In the beginning Troutex solely acted as a sales company and annual sales grew consistently. Further steps were taken in the areas of marketing, quality and logistics ensure that Troutex could remain a trusted and well known ova supplier – not just in Europe, but also in the Middle East, Asia and the United states. Today, Troutex supplies ova to more than 30 countries worldwide. Sales exceed 100 million ova per year, and although there is still a strong seasonal curve, a considerable amount are sold in the summer months.

Company details

Aftensang 10 , Egtved , DK-6040 Denmark

Locations Served

Business Type:
Industry Type:
Agriculture - Aquaculture
Market Focus:
Globally (various continents)
Year Founded:

In 2011, Troutex bought a 66% share of the Seven Springs Trout Hatchery Ltd in Northern Ireland. The farm was rebuild with the single purpose of creating a state of the art brood stock facility for summer production of ova. The stocks at the farm had been part of an ambitious breeding program in a cooperation between their previous owner Dawnfresh Farming Ltd and using the services of Landcatch Natural Selection, now Hendrix. The broodstock showed promising results in terms of speed of growth, yield and FCR. The strain of rainbow trout was found to fit well within the Troutex business and their breeding objectives described elsewhere on this homepage.

In 2015, Ove Ahlgreen sold his shares of Troutex ApS to Jørgen Jøker Trachsel, who now holds 100% of the shareholding. Jørgen Jøker Trachsel is from a well known Danish family of trout farmers that date back to the early 1900s, and has a long experience of breeding and handling trout broodstock. He has been working with fish since he was old enough to carry a net!

With business growth comes change and through the close cooperation with some of our major customers, Troutex has acknowledged the growing demand for quality certification further down the value chain. With the high standards and strict rules in force in Denmark and Northern Ireland, it has been a natural step for Troutex to expand our quality focus beyond the national and regional rules to secure that we can deliver ova certified to the customer’s demands.

In May 2015 we achieved the GLOBALG.A.P certification at Seven Springs Trout Hatchery. In October 2015, the Danish farm Sillerupvæld Dambrug was GLOBALG.A.P certified – the first aquaculture establishment in Denmark!

We are also able to meet the requirements to Ova suppliers in the ASC standard, and other standards on request.

Here on our homepage you can find more information about Troutex, our products and our visions. We look forward to working with you and we will continue to strive to be your preferred choice for excellent quality disease free trout ova!

Organic trout ova and Sparctic trout
Apart from rainbow trout ova, Troutex supplies a wide range of specialties from Organic trout ova to Sparctic trout.

Producing high quality trout ova starts and ends with qualified and dedicated staff with solid experience. Apart from good genetics and the right strain, it requires great expertise and good craftsmanship all the way from stripping and fertilization until the eggs are disinfected and packed before shipment.

Knowledge, experience and genetics

Benefit from the knowledge and skills of 4 generations of fish farmers! Our production has roots all the way back to the first days of trout breeding in Denmark in the early 1900s. The dedication and expertise of our ancestors combined with Troutex’s well proven and efficient breeding program today has made it possible to achieve the advanced genetics, the great look and the powerful growth in the strains we are proud to offer you today!

Certified disease free ova

Our ova are certified free of BKD, IPN, IHN and VHS regardless if they are delivered from Denmark or Northern Ireland. Authorities in both countries carry out regular disease testing at our sites to ensure that the fish are healthy and live up to the highest health status given to any supplier of trout ova. Our production takes place under strict biosecurity rules exceeding national laws and common quality standards.

Quality and certifications

Troutex was first to offer organic certified trout ova produced in Denmark already in 2012. We can supply trout ova certified to the GLOBALG.A.P standard and/or approved for ASC producers all year around from a number of our farms. We also comply with many other standards

Since Troutex was founded in 2004, we have continuously strived to improve the quality of our trout strains and the ova we deliver.

Read more about our breeding program here

More specifically, some of our quality standards when it comes to the trout ova are:

  • Highest possible disease free status. Certificates issued for all shipments.
  • All eggs are disinfected less than 24 hours prior to shipment.
  • Less than 0.5 % dead, blank or weak eyed eggs in batches shipped.
  • Packed in Polystyrene boxes with ice to ensure optimal conditions during shipment.
  • Minimum egg size unless previously agreed is 11,000 per liter from November to June.
  • All-female Triploid ova offered with a triploidy rate at a minimum of 95%.
  • Our late maturing all-female strain has a less than 5% maturation rate at a harvest size of 2.5-3Kg.

Our quest to improve quality goes on! If you have any suggestions or remarks regarding quality, please do not hesitate to contact us.


Our farms are located in Denmark and Northern Ireland. All farms operate according to strict EU regulations regarding discharge, health and safety and animal welfare.

Since the spring of 2015 Troutex can deliver eyed trout ova certified under the GLOBALG.A.P standard – all year around! Read more about GLOBALG.A.P here:

In autumn 2015 we were audited against the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC-Standard) as fry and egg suppliers and can now offer our customers ova under ASC approval. Read more about the standard here:

Troutex can also deliver ova certified to the Quality Trout UK standard, the Freedom Food Standard and other standards. Please contact us for further details.

If you require trout ova certified to a specific standard, we kindly ask you to notify us when placing the order.

360° performance

To achieve successful results in trout farming a number of parameters are of great importance. Some of the factors that have a strong influence on the farm performance are:

  1. Choose a genetically strong strain with the necessary potential for fast growth and a great appearance
  2. Don’t risk you profit and the health status of your farm. Use only high quality trout ova certified free of BKD, IPN, VHS and IHN.
  3. Use only high-energy extruded fish feed. Even the best fish will not grow without the right nutrition!
  4. The daily management of the site is crucial for the results both whenit comes to hatching rate, growth rates and stock performance.
  5. The conditions of the hatching equipment, feeding systems and other farm facilities play an important role in modern trout breeding.
  6. Water and environment parameters are complex and need to be controlled carefully in each hatchery. Water temperatures, oxygen levels, CO2 levels and pollution from incoming streams can all have a strong impact on the growth and performance.