Aviagen Kft in Hungary recently opened a new hatchery to meet the growing demand for Ross parent stock (PS) in the region. The company invested EUR12 million (US$12.7 million) in the new facility, which has a PS capacity of 10 million per annum, with room to expand by 20 percent in future. The new facility increases daily hatch figures from 45,000 to 70,000 chicks per day.
Over 250 stakeholders were present at the recent opening day. The ribbon was cut by Patrick Claeys, Aviagen president of European operations; Tyark Osterndorff, Eastern Europe business development director and general manager; Balázs Takács, Aviagen Kft general director and László Kőrös, Aviagen Kft hatchery operations. They were joined in the ceremony by Ákos Kara, member of the Hungarian National Assembly, Secretary of State for Infocommunication and Consumer Protection.
Aviagen Kft worked closely with leading incubator and hatchery equipment specialists to incorporate the latest state-of-the-art technology in the new hatchery, which is strategically located close to GP farms and benefits from strong infrastructure and transportation links as well as excellent health and biosecurity standards, according to a press release from the company.
Balázs Takács said: “The investment in the hatchery at Mezőörs is evidence of the popularity and success of Ross products in the Central and Eastern European region. This new facility enables us to serve our expanding parent stock customer base and also offers us the flexibility to grow in line with increasing demand in the future.”