Cobb-Vantress Inc. is investing €12 million (US$15 million) in doubling the capacity of its Herveld pedigree farm in the Netherlands over the next 12 months.

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Expansion of the farm, which came to Cobb from Hendrix Genetics as part of the acquisition of the Hybro breed, is the latest move in increasing the company’s global research and development program. Work will begin in early November to construct 13 new houses, which are expected to be completed within 12 months, then refurbishment of the existing buildings will begin. The expansion will result in an estimated 35 additional jobs at the farm, according to Cobb.