UK Projects ‘Set Standard for Company–Owned Farms’

Cobb Europe is investing €5.6 million (US$8 million) in redeveloping two of its UK facilities for producing grandparent breeding stock, according to the latest issue of Cobb Focus.
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The two farms in Norfolk, which came to Cobb with the acquisition of the grandparent hatchery, are also being expanded to provide accommodation for a total of 56,000 great grandparent stock.

The larger farm has been completely rebuilt with state-of-the-art housing and facilities, with the first chicks placed in December and the project completed in July. The existing 2.5-hectare (6.0-acre) site provides six new breeding houses, new feed units, transfer buildings, egg store and administration facilities.

"The project seals the standard for all company-owned great grandparent facilities," says John Vincent, production director of Cobb Europe. "All stock are housed in biosecure, steel-framed, clear-span buildings with modern automatic egg collection and suspended feeders and drinkers."

Overall the investment will add more than 15 per cent to the capacity of the UK farms to meet the increasing demand for Cobb breeding stock across Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

The Bawdeswell farm now has a perimeter access road enabling service vehicles to supply the site without entering the inner biosecure zone.

Inside the newly completed housing pictured shortly before the first birds arrived.

Further investment in Europe is planned in the Netherlands where the Herveld farm, acquired by Cobb from Hendrix Genetics, is to be expanded to increase the research and development program.

November 2011
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