Aviagen Kft Continues to Invest in Hungary

HUNGARY - Aviagen Kft, part of the Aviagen Group, recently celebrated the opening of its latest grandparent farm, Ásványráró, situated in north-west Hungary. Over 120 people from Aviagen Kft's customer base in Hungary and surrounding countries, as well as local and regional dignitaries gathered at the farm prior to the first placement of chicks, which takes place at the end of March.
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Guests were welcomed by the Aviagen Team and the farm owner, Mr Ron Jacobs and given a detailed tour of the farm, with special emphasis put on the vigorous biosecurity standards in place. The state-of-the-art equipment and systems in place were also demonstrated, with this farm being equipped with the most modern equipment available.

This new farm opening is only part of Aviagen's programme of ongoing investment in facilities in Hungary. Capacity at their hatchery has been increased in order to meet the significant rise in demand. A complete refurbishment of a GP rearing farm was finished late last year and further new GP contract farms are scheduled to be completed this year.

Nick Spenceley, General Manager, Aviagen Kft explained

"The continued increase in Aviagen's farming capacity in Hungary can only be achieved through solid partnerships. Our partners have trust in Aviagen's continued growth and success and are prepared to enter into long term agreements with us. We rely upon them to produce the best quality, clean, fertile hatching eggs which we use to produce the parent stock chicks we distribute throughout the region.

Each new farm incorporates the most up-to-date technology. We also use new technology to promote bird welfare and health. Ásványráró farm includes new lighting and egg sanitising technology, There is no internal steel work which will also help with hygiene."

Val Mendeleev, Aviagen's President of European Operations commented

"Aviagen Kft is an important link in our global supply network. Our sales of parent stock from Hungary have risen from 3.5 million in 2004 to 7.5 million in 2008. This increase reflects the success of the Ross and Arbor Acres brands both in volume and market share and the success of the Hungarian operation in terms of product quality and health.

The ability to meet demand directly from Hungary will provide a number of benefits to customers. Reduced transport times for chicks results in improved chick quality and better uniformity. There will also be fewer flocks of origin and a greater control over production planning. We believe the investment we are making in Hungary will continue to underline Aviagen's position as supplier of choice to the increasingly important markets in Central and Eastern Europe."

The new facilities in Hungary are part of Aviagen's continued investment and commitment to the European poultry industry.

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