The latest Cobb poultry pedigree breeding research facility was officially opened on March 1, in Deer Lodge, Tenn.

The $22 million 1,000-acre complex is made up of 34 poultry houses that provide facilities for brooding chicks, assessing feed efficiency, rearing pullets and producing the hatching eggs for either reproduction of the pedigree lines or roduction of the breeding stock.

Cobb purchased the new complex nearly one year ago as part of its global research and development expansion. The farm will create up to 115 new jobs over the next 12 months as the complex becomes fully stocked, and the company expects to hatch its first pedigree stock in late March.