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Aviagen transforms decommissioned hatchery in Albertville, Ala.

“Everything old is new again.” That phrase by American author Stephen King captures the sentiment behind Aviagen’s reviving of a decommissioned hatchery in Albertville, a rural community in northeast Alabama, US. Aviagen has transformed the historic hatchery into the new Research and Training Center. In a ceremony on May 22, Aviagen CEO hosted the grand opening of the newly refurbished center.
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Cobb shares expertise, industry perspective at World Technical School

Fifty-three poultry professionals from throughout the world descended on northwest Arkansas this month for Cobb-Vantress’ exclusive World Technical School. Hosted at Cobb’s global headquarters in Siloam Springs, Arkansas, the two-week program covers a broad range of industry-relevant topics — from genetics to nutrition to housing. This year marked the 20th year of the program, which kicked off May 12.
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2019 USPOULTRY Hatchery-Breeder Clinic to focus on best practices

Everyone knows the saying…behind every successful poultry operation is an equally successful hatchery-breeder management strategy. USPOULTRY’s 2019 Hatchery-Breeder Clinic will offer a look at industry updates, best practices, biosecurity challenges and other topics related to chick quality. The annual Clinic, sponsored by USPOULTRY, will be held July 9 – 10, at the Sheraton Grand Nashville Downtown in Nashville, Tennessee.
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Cobb Spain celebrates 50 years of excellence

This year marks the 50-year anniversary of Cobb Spain, a distributor of Cobb Europe, serving Spain, Portugal, Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia. To celebrate this milestone, the company hosted a celebration in Madrid earlier this month, bringing together many Cobb team members and colleagues who help make the distributor a success.
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Ross 308 and Ross 708 featured at Canada's National Poultry Show

Aviagen underscores its commitment to the success of the Canadian poultry market.
At the National Poultry Show in London, Ontario, Aviagen highlighted the advantages that the Ross 308 and Ross 708 broiler breeders offer to the businesses of growers throughout Canada. Canadian producers benefit from the environmental resistance, feed efficiency, healthy growth rate and high meat yield of these birds. Due to these qualities, the popularity of Ross birds has seen strong growth in recent years.
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2019 Cobb Asia-Pacific Tech School focuses on evolving industry

Building on continued growth in the Asia-Pacific region, Cobb-Vantress hosted its second Cobb Asia-Pacific Technical School in Phuket, Thailand, in March. The three-day course provided 160 customers access to some of the latest information in flock management, from breeding and genetics to nutrition and processing. 
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Aviagen and Rocio Group form Aviagen Peru

Joint venture will help Aviagen better serve Latin American industry
Aviagen Group and Rocio Group signed a strategic agreement on April 8 for a joint venture. Under the agreement, Avicola del Norte (Avinor), a Rocio Group company, becomes a subsidiary of Aviagen under the name Aviagen Peru. The new business will help Aviagen realize its vision to further expand its reach in Latin America and maximize value in the Peruvian market.
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FFAR, McDonald's launch $4M broiler welfare initiative

SMART Broiler initiative aims to identify technology solutions to provide objective, comprehensive information about broiler welfare
The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) announces the launch of the SMART Broiler, a research initiative offering $4 million for research supporting the development and commercialization of automated monitoring tools that quantitatively assess key animal welfare indicators in broiler chickens. FFAR is excited to partner with McDonald’s Corporation as a cofounder on this initiative. The SMART Broiler program is now accepting applications to improve animal welfare.
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