Aviagen has entered into a long-term lease of the research facilities of the applied poultry research institute Spelderholt, based in Lelystad, The Netherlands.

The facilities at Spelderholt, owned and previously run by Wageningen UR Livestock Research, are said to be unrivalled for both broiler and breeder research. The addition of a hatchery will make this a self-contained, fully comprehensive facility covering all aspects of breeder, incubation and commercial broiler research. “This expansion of our global R&D facilities highlights our commitment to providing the best possible products and services to our customers and allows us to address important topics relevant to the international poultry sector and other stakeholders in society,” said an Aviagen spokesman.