Troutlodge, Inc. - part of  Hendrix Genetics

Troutlodge, Inc. is the world’s leading supplier of Rainbow Trout eggs. Each year we produce over 500 million trout eggs from our advanced breeding programmes and ship them to customers in over 60 countries. We are part of the Hendrix Genetics family of companies. Hendrix Genetics is a world leading multi-species animal breeding and genetics company with major brands in turkeys, layers, pigs, traditional poultry as well as Atlantic salmon, shrimp and trout. We use both quantitative and molecular genetics to achieve superior performing trout. We offer all-female and triploid trout eggs each week of the year. In addition, we supply live Rainbow trout to public and private institutions in the Pacific Northwest. Trout eggs, Trout ova, Trout roe.

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PO Box 1290; 12000 McCutcheon Road E. , Bonney Lake , Washington 98391 USA

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Business Type:
Manufacturer
Industry Type:
Aquaculture
Market Focus:
Globally (various continents)
Year Founded:
1945
Employees:
11-100
Turnover:
$10,000,000 US - $100,000,000 US

From humble beginnings to world leader

Troutlodge is one of the oldest aquaculture companies in North America, having been in business since 1945.  We have been on the cutting edge of trout aquaculture and were the first in many areas of trout aquaculture. 

Troutlodge operations are located in the beautiful Pacific Northwest USA - the native home to rainbow trout. Starting from a producer of trout for local food markets, Troutlodge is now the world's leading producer of eyed salmonid eggs. We are also one of the largest private suppliers of live trout.  We supply these trout to large public utility districts, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, indigenous tribal entities and other public and private entities.  

Founded in 1945 by friends Ed McLeary and Ken Drew, Troutlodge has grown and adapted in order to accommodate its growing customer base and the evolving needs of the trout industry. In the USA, Troutlodge has grown to include a total of 8 facilities located throughout the states of Washington and Idaho, including its original home at the springs that form the headwaters of the Rocky Ford Creek. In addition, Troutlodge owns and operates freshwater subsidiaries in the Isle of Man and our sister company produces trout eggs in Chile. Chilean operations were founded in 1996, and the Isle of Man operations began in 2007 with the purchase of the Glen Wyllin Trout Farm. The expansion onto the Isle of Man gave Troutlodge its first production sites in Europe.

Together, the network of Troutlodge facilities enable us to take advantage of ideal water conditions for the growth and maintenance of its broodstock, and better serve the company's global markets and of course our customers around the world.

Each year, Troutlodge produces about 500 million trout eggs and delivers those eggs to customers in over 60 countries.  Troutlodge is also the Pacific Northwest's largest private supplier of live trout. Today, customers in nearly every state and over 60 countries around the world benefit from the products and services of Troutlodge.

Over the years, Troutlodge has developed four distinct strains of trout, allowing it to produce and ship eggs every week of the year without the use of photoperiod manipulation. These strains have selected to achieve rapid growth rates, high survival rates, excellent feed conversion rates and Troutlodge is working on enhance reistance in our trout to specific pathogens such as Flavobacterium spp. the causitive agent of bacterial cold water disease, rainbow trout fry sydrome and columnaris.  

In 2014, Hendrix Genetics purchased all of the remaining shares of Troutlodge and now wholly owns Troutlodge. Troutlodge now benefits from the research and technology engine at Hendrix Genetics.  The science of animal genetics involves the study genes in relation to trait performance. Troutlodge applies animal genetics to improve the trout industry by producing more efficient and sustainable stock, one-step at a time. We improve each generation by selecting the best performing animals to become parents of the next generation. The parents pass their genes on to their offspring, making them, on average, better than the previous generation. Troutlodge gathers information on individual and family performances and we predict desirable mating outcomes by using sophisticated mathematical models and DNA information. We use innovative technologies to gather, compute and process the differences between animals and predict their values, before they are even born.  Troutlodge uses the genetics prorgram to continually improve upon the quality and value of our eggs and live fish.  Further, Troutlodge employs a rigorous biosecurity program and fish health program that work together to maintain our certified disease-free status of all eggs shipped from Troutlodge.  We also use independent audits to ensure we acheive our goals, target and objectives and we have earned GlobalGAP certification each year for the past four years. -- 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017/2018.

Mission

Our mission is to maximize our customers' profitability and potential through the continual supply of superior selectively-bred certified pathogen-free eggs and fish.

Vision

Our focus is to create value for our customers by providing on a year-round basis superior selectively-bred certified pathogen-free eggs and fish for the global aquaculture industry. 

Values

  • Sustainabilty: Aply anmial breeding and genetics to ensure trout are produced efficiently and thus with reduced environmental impact.  We must opeate to protect people, animals and our planet and we must operate to taht today's activities do not compromise the abilty of future generations to meet their needs.
  • Value Creation: We apply innovation and genetic solutions to improve teh animal protein value chain. leaders that will grow this company and move the industry forward.
  • Collaboration: We use an extensive network of scientists in Universities, Government Institutions, feed companies, equipment suppliers and customers to continually improve what we do, how we do it, and our final products and services.
  • Innovation: Troutlodge and Hendrix Genetics continually innovates to drive rapid value creation.  We identify genetic solutions to achieve sustainable profitabilty of customers.  We now apply Genomic Selection technology to make rapid improvement in trout performance.