Aviagen announced an inauguration of a state-of-the-art poultry hatchery in Longview, Texas, the United States, on December 15, and has also seen a successful first parent stock shipment.

The new facility marks Aviagen's ninth hatchery in the US and first in Texas. The global breeding company celebrated the hatchery's grand opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on December 14, joined by state and local officials.

Representing a substantial investment, the facility reflects a major commitment to food security and economic growth, as well as bird welfare and sustainability. It will make a positive impact on the poultry supply chain, with the capacity to set 1.1 million eggs per week and will bring new employment opportunities to the area, Aviagen said.

The location was chosen after careful consideration, taking into account its secure isolation from other bird populations, proximity to regional and international airports and the availability of a high-quality workforce.

The facility is equipped with innovative features designed to ensure strict biosecurity measures and optimal bird welfare. Furthermore, a significant investment had been made in cutting-edge equipment for hatchery automation. This level of automation strengthens the hatchery's production efficiency, capacity, biosecurity and chick quality. It also provides a safe and ergonomic environment for employees.

Aligned with Aviagen's sustainability goals, the hatchery incorporates energy-efficient technology and environmentally friendly practices.

Dr. Marc de Beer, president of Aviagen North America, said: "We are proud to introduce our Longview hatchery, our response to the increasing demand for quality breeding stock that will serve as a sustainable food source. This facility is a testament to our commitment to "Breeding Success Together" with local poultry producers, supporting their growth and success as they diligently feed communities in North America and worldwide."

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