Aviagen plans $12 million investment for Peru

The company attributes its growth to the popularity of Ross 308 AP
calendar icon 16 February 2022
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Peru became Aviagen’s first direct presence in Latin America outside of Brazil in 2019. At that time Aviagen Peru became an important and strategic supply base for Latin America, producing 1.5 million parent stock chicks per year. In doing so, the company secured the supply of new breeding stock (Ross 308 AP) to producers throughout Peru, South America and beyond.

According to a recent press release, the need for premium Ross 308 AP has continued to grow. The company attributes this growth to poultry producers' recognition of the bird's reproductive performance, robustness, feed efficiency and environmental hardiness.

To increase production, the company has just announced construction is now underway to update the Malvinas 2 complex. The $4.7 million investment will entail adding 12 new grandparent houses with modern environmental controls, while increasing the production capacity of the eight existing rearing houses in an area of 385 hectares (~951 acres).

Scheduled for completion in February, the newly upgraded production farm will double Aviagen Peru’s capacity to 3 million parent stock per year when in full operation.

According to the company, the new and upgraded buildings of Malvinas 2 are designed for ultimate bird welfare and biosecurity and include a feed distribution system, automated ventilation control and lighting. The location was strategically chosen for the highest biosecurity possible, with isolation from other bird populations and other sources of potential pathogens.

The company also announced the start of a new hatchery in Peru, with 24 single-stage machines that will have a capacity of 3 million parent stock per year. The hatchery will represent an investment of $5.4 million.

Plans are also underway for a new health monitoring and diagnostics laboratory that applies leading-edge immunology, molecular technology and bacteriological culture techniques. The total investment with the new and refurbished houses, as well as the new hatchery and laboratory, will add up to $12 million.

“We are excited to announce the expansion of our operations in Peru, which is a clear sign that the success of our customers and popularity of the Ross 308 AP – a bird that is ideally suited for our local markets – continues to flourish,” said Cesar Muro, General Manager of Aviagen Peru.

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