Valley of the Moon Commercial Poults (VOMCP) has acquired Forrest Farms’ turkey facilities in Central Illinois.

VOMCP, a subsidiary of Aviagen, in announcing the acquisition, stated that the latest business move was in step with the company’s ongoing investment in the North American Turkey industry.

Forrest Farms was established 20 years ago by Matti Shalev to supply the turkey industry with quality hatching eggs, and Shalev recently built new facilities to meet increasing demand. Shalev will join the VOMCP team.


“Matti has been producing hatching eggs for Valley of the Moon for several years and the acquisition is a reflection of this excellent working relationship. Matti will continue to manage the operation for the near future along with Reuben Stork and working closely with Dr. Bob Edson, vice president of health services, and me,” said Clint Grimsley, COMCP president. “This acquisition demonstrates the commitment of Aviagen to maintain a secure supply of eggs and poults for our customers in the U.S. and around the world.”

Dr. Jihad Douglas, Aviagen Turkeys’ president also commented: “Aviagen initiated the strategy of working more closely with the end user of Aviagen genetics by forming VOMCP in 2011. This strategy of building partnerships based on trust and common values has delivered considerable rewards to our customers.  Acquiring Forrest Farms further strengthens our distribution chain for providing the industry leading Nicholas genetic package and the best quality commercial poults.  As the only turkey primary breeder to invest significantly in infrastructure in the United States, we are proud of our continuous support of the U.S. industry.”