June 3, 2019
Aviagen invests US$14 million in Australia quarantine facility
In keeping with a commitment to rigorous biosecurity to ensure the health and welfare of its birds, Aviagen® has built a leading-edge quarantine farm in New South Wales, Australia.
The investment totaled AUD20 million (US$14 million).
The new 3,500-square-meter farm is known as the Wagga Wagga Import Quarantine Facility. Animal health and import regulations in Australia and New Zealand are among the toughest in the world, and Wagga Wagga is the only poultry quarantine facility within Australia that fully complies with government requirements, Aviagen said. The facility will hold approximately 12,000 great grandparent (GGP) birds, with a fresh import arriving every 20 weeks.
The official grand opening took place on March 27, officiated by Greg Conkey, Wagga Wagga's mayor and the State Member of Parliament Dr. Joe McGirr. Also present were Aviagen employees and customers, the building contractor, media representatives and members of the surrounding community who had observed the construction during the past 18 months. During the event, tours were led by operations manager Wayne Miller, who managed this intense construction project, and farm manager Roy Sutherland.
Wagga Wagga received its first import of eggs on May 17 and begins operation in June.
With a presence in Australia for 30 years, Aviagen currently supplies all major poultry producers with broiler breeding stock, and is committed to their success. The new operation will help customers reap the advantages in performance, feed efficiency, health and welfare offered by Aviagen's Ross® birds.
The quarantine facility follows the strictest biosecurity, receiving quality imported eggs and then incubating them, hatching them and growing them to approximately 10 weeks of age. The chickens are tested by the Australian Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR) to confirm that they are healthy and disease-free, before they are transferred to Aviagen breeder farms. The farm is then disinfected and prepared for the next quarantine cycle.
The Wagga Wagga facility is constructed with state-of-the-art features to ensure the greatest level of biosecurity available today. It is a fully-sealed, climate-controlled and high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA)-filtered structure cocooned in a protective outer building.
"Aviagen's vision is to help feed the world's communities with a high-quality source of protein. The new innovative quarantine facility will allow us to continue to import our high-generation breeding stock into Australia, and thus pass on the high value of our birds to customers for years to come," explained Miller.