Australia poultry producer Pro-Ten Holdings is investing $24 million in a 24-shed farm in response to demand from customer Baiada Poultry, which is expanding its own processing and facilities in the area.

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Once built, the farm will be capable of holding 1.5 million chickens, according to Pro-Ten. It's the largest project the company's taken on, and the completed project will create 10 jobs in the area. The farm will take roughly a year to build, according to the company. "We're hoping to have earthworks underway this side of Christmas, end of November," said Pro-Ten CEO Daniel Bryant. "Hopefully we'll have the first four sheds in operation by May 2012, with the whole site completed by April 2013."