Aviagen expands UK hatchery base

Additional high-generation hatchery responds to growing demand for Aviagen products.
calendar icon 18 June 2018
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Aviagen® has responded to continued demand for its products by adding a brand-new facility to its UK hatchery portfolio. The new high-generation hatchery is located at Rugby in Warwickshire, and will commence operation early 2019. Jonathan Lester, Head of GGP Operations, Aviagen Ltd, comments, “The new Rugby hatchery gives us the capacity to respond to increasing demand and helps to future-proof our operations as requirements for our products continue to grow.”

The addition of the Rugby hatchery brings the total of UK-wide Aviagen hatcheries to three. With a setting capacity of 180,000 eggs/week, the hatchery is built to the latest design specifications and incorporates state-of-the-art equipment to operate under the most exacting welfare and biosecurity conditions.

Aviagen chose to work with EmTech Hatchery Systems for the design and installation of the Rugby facility.

“The hatchery has been designed and equipped with quality in mind,” says Magnus Swalander, general manager, Aviagen Limited. “This latest project underpins Aviagen’s strategy of investing in our facilities and infrastructure. With the new Rugby operation added to our UK hatchery portfolio, we can ensure the safe, continuous supply of Aviagen chicks from prime British locations that are strategically placed for export to international customers as well as for deliveries to the domestic market.”

About Aviagen

Since 1923, Aviagen® has established itself as the world's leading poultry breeding company, developing pedigree lines for the production of commercial broiler chickens under the Arbor Acres®, Indian River®, and Ross® brand names. The Rowan Range® and Specialty Males® are specialty breeding stock from Aviagen that offer greater flexibility for customers to meet specific or niche market requirements. The company is based in Huntsville, Alabama, USA with a number of wholly-owned operations across the United Kingdom, Europe, Turkey, Latin America, India, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and the U.S., and joint ventures in Asia. Aviagen employs more than 4,600 people and has a distribution network serving customers in more than 100 countries.

For further information, please visit www.aviagen.com.

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