Moy Park has built a poultry development house in County Down, Northern Ireland. At over 18,500 square feet, the development house is split into 36 individual pens, each holding 500 birds. Inputs, such as feed, can be altered allowing the company to capture and analyze data to deliver statistically significant improvements in its poultry rearing and welfare processes.

Justin Coleman, Moy Park agricultural development manager commented: “This poultry development house has been purpose-built to the highest specification, including windows providing natural light, enhanced biosecurity and biomass heating. This investment allows us to lead the way in innovation providing a precision controlled environment to better monitor bird welfare, feed conversion and environmental impacts so we can provide optimum conditions for our chickens.”

Moy Park is currently running a broiler expansion program in Northern Ireland and Great Britain as part of its overall strategic plans to grow its fresh locally farmed chicken supply for its U.K. and Ireland customers. The program is expected to see over 250 new poultry houses under construction by the end of this year.