Russian Delegation Visited Hubbard in France12 May 2015
FRANCE - Last month, a delegation of several Russian poultry integrations, coming from different regions, visited the facilities of Hubbard in France.
The visitors were accompanied by the management of BALTISA, the exclusive distributor of Hubbard for the CIS-countries and Baltic States.
During the visit to the head office and farms of Hubbard in Quintin, Brittany, the group was updated on the recent developments on R&D and breeder and broiler management of the Hubbard F15, the product which is the market leader in Russia for already more than a decade.
Yves Jego, Hubbard R&D Director, presented the key points in the selection programme for the Hubbard F15: FCR, robustness and total meat yield.
Based on what is already in the pipeline he foresees an annual improvement of the Hubbard F15 in the field of: +1 egg per hen housed (HH), +50g live weight, -2.3 points in FCR and +0.26 per cent breast meat yield. This is also being confirmed by the actual field results in Russia and other Hubbard F15 customers around the world.
Nicolas Neyra, Hubbard Regional Manager CIS & Baltic States, explained that one pure-line female in the R&D programme produces through its progeny nearly 20 million kilos of broiler live weight. This shows the importance of the R&D for the whole industry. Of similar importance is the sanitary quality of the breeding stock supplied to the market.
The group visited also a Hubbard F15 GP production site, where strict biosecurity rules are applied: all-in-all-out system, completely fenced area, high level sanitary rules for vehicles and personnel and filtered air with positive pressure (FAPP) ventilation.
At the end of the trip, a visit to a breeder farm with Hubbard parent stock was made. This showed the Russian group a farming model typical for Brittany, in the west part of France; a family business in which mother and two sons, besides 80 hectares of cereal production, serve four houses of parent stock as a contract farmer for an integration. Full automation of feeding, egg collection, selection and treatment of the eggs allows them to run their farm very efficiently.
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