Russian meat, poultry and feed company Cherkizovo Group has completed the first cluster of the new poultry production facility in the Lipetsk region. This marks a key step toward import substitution and the group achieving self-sufficiency in hatching eggs.
The facility is located in the village of Butirki in the Lipetsk region and is part of a large scale poultry project into which Cherkizovo Group has already invested close to three billion roubles. For the first time in Russia, stabilized soil technology was used in building a poultry production facility reducing construction project time by several months. The new production facility is equipped with modern state-of-the-art equipment adhering to world class sanitary and biosafety standards.
The baby chicks have set their feet in the new facility already. In another 120 days they will be placed into the parent stock site. One broiler breeding parent stock site will produce up to 220,000 replacement chicks per year further reducing Cherkizovo’s need for imports. The project consisting of two replacement chick sites and four parent stock sites will be completely filled in 2017. Current annual production capacity is up to 64 million hatching eggs, making Cherkizovo 90 percent self-sufficient in hatching eggs.
Cherkizovo Group had been producing poultry meat in the Lipetsk region over ten years and has full control of the entire production chain. The group constructed a number of broiler sites, “Novonikolskaya,” one of the biggest in its portfolio, and has also commissioned the largest hatchery in Europe with an annual capacity of 220 million eggs. The main production sites are uniquely situated so that the distance between them is less than three kilometers. The distance between replacement chick site and parent stock site is less than 700 meters.
Cherkizovo Group plans to launch two similar production clusters in the near future. When completed, combined capacity annually of the four clusters will be up to 128 million eggs, which will make Cherkizovo Group completely self-sufficient in hatching eggs.