Cobb has opened a new parent-stock hatchery in Stromyn, in the Moscow region of Russia. The hatchery, near the original Cobb grandparent farm, is the first step in plans for Cobb Europe and Broiler Budoshego to expand parent-stock production in Russia.
Sam Lipman, Broiler Budoshego general manager, said: "We are currently employing over 60 people between the hatchery and the grandparent farm, and it is in our plans to expand production facilities four-fold."
Pelayo Casanovas, Russia business manager for Cobb Europe commented: "With the Stromyn hatchery and the grandparent operation much closer to our customers, this will provide significant advantages in chick quality and lower transport costs, as well as placing us in a better position to avoid any interruption in supply."
He continued that Cobb was planning to produce in Russia at least 80 percent of the parent stock the company sells there and that the recent investments would place the company in a good position to become the leading breeding company in the country within five years.
It is estimated that for 2014, Cobb will sell close to six million parent stock in Russia, approaching 30 percent of the market.
To date, most Cobb breeders supplied to Russia have been produced in Holland or Germany. However, this has become increasingly difficult, the company notes, with the Russian authorities banning imports from these countries due to recurrent avian influenza. The Russian government subsidizing loans to invest in local poultry production added an additional incentive to invest.