Aviagen has opened Europe’s largest Parent Stock (PS) hatchery at Hilbersdorf, near Dresden, in Germany.
The new state-of-the-art facility will enhance Aviagen’s already unrivalled European supply network and will provide an estimated 1 mln PS chicks per month predominantly to customers in Eastern and Western Europe.
The official opening on 4 February, attended by local dignitaries and Aviagen’s senior management team, marked the culmination of months of planning, construction and investment by Aviagen. The event consisted of a number of speeches from Erich Wesjohann, President EW Group, Randall Ennis, CEO Aviagen Broiler Breeding, Frank Kupfer, Minister of Environment and Agriculture for the Free State of Saxony, Patrick Claeys, General Manager Aviagen EPI, Bernd Erwin Schramm, Lord Mayor of Freiburg and Volker Haupt, Mayor of Hilbersdorf. Brian Whittle, Aviagen’s President of European Operations, joined Frank Kupfer in cutting the ribbon and declaring the hatchery open for business.
The delegates embarked on a tour of the hatchery, where they were able to experience first-hand the sheer size of the facility, with its state-of-the-art equipment, attention to detail, biosecurity protocols and quality of workmanship.
Randall Ennis, CEO Aviagen Broiler Breeding: “The decision to locate the hatchery in this area was not taken lightly. In fact, the planning process for the ultimate decision took over 3 years. We needed a facility that could satisfy the logistics of European supply and meet our strict biosecurity requirements.”