Aviagen invests in Hungary, Czech Republic

Aviagen Kft, Aviagen's Hungarian business, has announced a major expansion plan of its farming base to support customers in Central and Eastern Europe as part of an ongoing investment and development project which is currently taking place in the region.

According to the company, demand for Aviagen products from the Central and Eastern European markets is constantly increasing and Aviagen Kft’s sales into the region have gone from strength to strength in the past few years, with stock supplied to customers in 22 countries. This success can be attributed to the excellent product performance and the quality and health status of chicks supplied by the Hungarian operation.

A 5th house has been added to 4 of the 9 existing GP farms in Hungary and this project was completed in July this year. These farms have been built in accordance with Aviagen’s production and biosecurity standards, using the latest innovations in poultry housing and equipment technology, to meet the highest standards of bird health and welfare. In addition, work has commenced on a refurbishment of a 3rd dedicated rearing farm of 5000 sq. m, which will take the 1st stock in September 2009, taking the total to 3 dedicated rearing farms for 6 production farms.

Nick Spenceley, General Manager for Aviagen Kft: “Despite the global crisis around us, the industry in our region has continued to grow. We continue to invest in new technologies, facilities and people to provide our customers with the very best products and technical support.”

Construction has also begun on a GP farm in the Czech Republic, located near Brno, which is expected to be operational in early 2010. The farm will comprise of 4 houses totalling 5000 sq. m and is located centrally between Aviagen’s Hilbersdorf and Györ hatcheries and is anticipated to be the 1st of several GP farms in the Czech Republic.

Natalie Berkhout

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