Global poultry breeding company Aviagen has opened its first new Grandparent (GP) rearing farm in Villaneuva de Sigena, in the Huesca province of Spain.
The opening of the farm, owned by Aviagen contract farmer Premier Poultry Ltd, marks the first new farm for Spain, Portugal and Morocco but further expansion is planned for the current financial year.
Aviagen plans to open three more GP production farms and a hatchery to complement multiple GP farms and a hatchery. The additional facilities will accelerate production capacity to keep up with high demand for breeding stock.
The rearing farm has an annual capacity of 32,000 GP chicks and the additional facilities coming on stream will double Aviagen’s capacity in the region to 160,000 GP, which is equivalent to 7.2m parent stock.
Aviagen had doubled its sales in two years in Morocco and has an 80% share of the market in Portugal with Ross breeding stock the region’s market leader.
The farm encompasses three modern houses, all with state of the art equipment and specialised attributes to protect the health, welfare and safety of the birds. Chain feeder technology promotes efficient feed distribution by accurately measuring feed and providing uniform nutrition for every bird.
Ceiling and tunnel ventilation with pad cooling contributes to bird comfort. And biosecurity is protected with top of the line biosecurity innovations along with an isolated farm location.
Sergio Illan, Aviagen regional general manager, said the new facilities would help the company keep up with the growing market.
“Aviagen’s farms and hatcheries incorporate the highest standards in poultry equipment, with advanced characteristics that ensure utmost biosecurity, performance and efficiency. Aviagen’s ongoing investment in the region attests to our firm commitment to our customers and their continued success.”