Aviagen Anadolu Ensures Security of Supply with New Grandparent Farms
Aviagen Anadolu are investing over €20m in new state-of-the-art Grandparent (GP) farms that will have world-class flock management and biosecurity features in place. The production sites have been chosen in remote locations around 100km from Ankara. These locations have been chosen because they are not densely populated with poultry and therefore will provide protection from other potential airborne disease threats.
The new GP farms will increase our local footprint by more than double Aviagen Anadolu’s farming capacity – reinforcing Aviagen’s commitment to the Turkish market. The farms will be unique in the enhanced level of biosecurity designed into the project. Among the procedures put in place, will be an enclosed vehicle washing building, which will ensure any vehicle entering the site, is thoroughly cleaned, minimizing the risk of overspray contaminating the farm.
All visitors and personnel entering the site will have to pass through a shower facility at the perimeter of the farm and change into site-specific protective clothing. When the staff and visitors reach the poultry house, they will be required to have another shower and full change of clothing before entering the service area.
However, what makes these farms unique is the protection given to the birds from potential airborne bacteria and viruses. The state-of-the-art positive pressure ventilation system will deliver fresh air that has passed through a complex filtration system that can capture particles between 0.3 micros and 1.0 with 98% efficiency, thus removing the majority of pathogens before they reach the bird areas. Combining the filter system with positive pressure will mean that any openings will not breach biosecurity, as air must still pass through the filters.
The latest ventilation technology and air conditioning on the new farms ensure the latest biosecurity is implemented and supported by various ventilation systems to ensure the management, health, welfare and uniformity of the birds is optimal. The farms have many additional sensors that will generate big data on everything from bird eating and drinking behaviors through to electricity and energy usage in various environmental conditions. The first farm will receive its chick placement towards the end of 2021 and progress is continuing on the remaining farms.
Look out for updates on our new
GP farms in the coming months!