July 16, 2018
Aviagen invests US$27 million to expand production capacity in Brazil
The expanded capacity was needed to meet a growing demand for Aviagen's Ross® 308 AP and Ross 408 birds used in the production of both breeders and broilers in Latin America.
Among Aviagen's recent Brazilian investments are the recent construction of new facilities, as well as the modernisation of existing ones in Brazil's states of São Paulo (SP) and Minas Gerais (MG). The new and upgraded facilities integrate the latest advances in hatchery design and technology, ensuring the highest biosecurity and energy efficiency. These investments, along with others throughout the country, are helping the company keep pace with a growing demand for its broiler breeding stock.
Santa Cruz das Palmeiras, SP. Completed in June 2018, a new modern grandparent production hatchery in Santa Cruz das Palmeiras boasts an incubation capacity of about 1.5 million eggs per month.
Paraíba Valley, SP. A new grandparent production centre in Redenção da Serra in the Paraíba Valley was inaugurated in February this year, and a grandparent farm in São Luis do Paraitinga, also in the Paraíba Valley, was also recently established.
Rio Claro, SP. Completed in July 2017, Aviagen's hatchery in Rio Claro was upgraded with new and improved equipment, leading to increased production capacity and excellent biosecurity.
Uberaba, MG. Aviagen will also double the production capacity of its parent stock facility in Uberaba in September. The farm will have a modern environment control and breeding system, contributing to improved welfare, better uniformity and higher productivity.
Itaí, SP. In 2016 Aviagen inaugurated a modern feed mill in Itaí, state of Sao Paulo. All feed is heat-treated to eliminate potential pathogens and provide the highest-quality feed to maintain the excellent health status of Aviagen's poultry breeding stock. Additionally, the new feed mill follows strict company biosecurity protocols to ensure the feed is free from contaminants.
"Aviagen is totally committed to continuous investment to improve quality and efficiency of our Brazilian operations. Our new state-of-the-art hatcheries and farms throughout the country are proof of this commitment," explains Ivan Pupo Lauandos, president of Aviagen Latin America. "We also intend to invest in clean and renewable energy in our farms and hatcheries, in line with our long-term sustainability vision to preserve the environment."