Five years after its first chicks hatched, Cobb Turkey has announced plans to invest more than EUR2 million (US$2.353 million) to create a grandparent stock operation in the country. The investment reflects the steadily increasing growth of the Cobb500 broiler breeder market in Turkey over the past five years and the potential to supply export customers in the future.

After purchasing the hatchery in 2013, the facility was overhauled into a fully automated operation, redesigned and upgraded to comply with Cobb’s strict global efficiency and biosecurity standards. In 2017, the facility extended its capacity to 5 million parent females per year, allowing it to provide larger deliveries to customers. The success of the breed in the country is joined by the success of major producers, several of whom have won Cobb Champion Awards — the company’s top honor for its customers — for breeder, hatchery and broiler performance over the past three years.

“The hatchery has enabled us to gain new customers and enjoy significant growth in the Turkish market where excellent broiler performance and meat yield of the Cobb500 is highly valuable to integrated producers,” said Erol Çan, country manager of Cobb Turkey. “Our current facility and newly planned operations are well placed not only to cater to Turkish demand but also to help provide for Cobb’s growing business across the Middle East.”

The new grandparent stock facility will be developed in the Balikesir region, approximately 200 kilometers (125 miles) from the existing hatchery in Bandirma, southwest of Istanbul. The first grandparent generation chicks are scheduled to hatch in 2020.