At least 250 new poultry houses are due to be completed in Northern Ireland by the end of 2015 as part of the Moy Park expansion program, launched at the end of last year.

Approximately 90 houses have already been built or are nearing completion, with a number already having their first flocks through.

Moy Park embarked on its broiler expansion program as part of the business’s plan to grow its fresh, locally farmed chicken supply for its UK and Ireland customers. The plans include a recently announced GBP170 million (US$288 million) investment in its business and the creation of 628 jobs in Northern Ireland.

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Alan Gibson, Moy Park director, commented: “This expansion is in response to what we believe is a long term demand from both retailers and consumers for fresh, locally sourced poultry. We currently work with 800 of the very best poultry farmers and we are pleased with the response we’ve had to our call for growers in Northern Ireland to expand their production.”

Moy Park is keen to work with both existing poultry growers and suitable new farmers locally. The company is inviting those interested to come forward to find out how they could qualify for the program to build new broiler and breeder houses.