Cobb Europe is investing almost £3 mln in the redevelopment of one of its UK facilities for producing grandparent breeding stock.
Work had already begun on completely rebuilding the farm in Norfolk, with the first chicks scheduled to arrive in the state-of-the-art housing in November and the project completed in February 2011, reports Cobb.
“The investment will provide the highest welfare and biosecurity standards for producing breeding stock for our distributors across Europe, the Middle East and Africa,” says Euan Meldrum, marketing manager. “We shall also be able to expand the farm’s output by around 15% to meet the increasing demand for Cobb chickens.”
The project on the existing 2.5 ha (6-acre) site includes 6 new breeding houses, new feed units, transfer buildings, egg store and administration facilities.