Aviagen, JAS unveil new holding rooms for chicks at Heathrow

The rooms offer a balance of temperature, humidity, and ventilation
calendar icon 9 October 2023
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JAS Worldwide, working in close collaboration with Aviagen, recently opened two new state-of-the-art chick-holding rooms within its London Heathrow Warehouse Holding Facility, according to a company press release

These specialized spaces serve as a temporary home for chicks before their departure. Aviagen’s global veterinary team worked hand in hand with JAS to meticulously design the new rooms at Heathrow with bird well-being in mind. Each room is equipped with digital-panel controls, specially calibrated to maintain the perfect balance of temperature, humidity, and ventilation. These measures are also essential to ensure optimal biosecurity.

“The inauguration of these advanced holding rooms highlights the shared dedication of Aviagen and JAS to consistently enhance bird welfare, but also secure the supply of robust breeding stock to producers across the world, enhancing their ability to feed the world with nutritious, versatile, and sustainable chicken meat," said Diane Hartjes, Aviagen’s Global Director, Export, Logistics, and Trade Compliance. "The enduring 20-year relationship between Aviagen and JAS underscores a steadfast commitment to transparency, communication and engagement with our export allies and all members of the global poultry value chain."

“The creation of these two rooms is another milestone in the collaborative relationship between Aviagen and JAS Worldwide," said Carlo Rebuffi, JAS Worldwide’s Live Animal Manager and Aviagen Global Account Manager. "We constantly strive to get closer to perfection at handling this very valuable and sensitive cargo. Our goal is to help Aviagen safely and securely deliver chicks to their destination, and we are proud to contribute to feeding the world."

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