Published on July 25, 2017
Innovative Grand Parent Facility Takes Shape in France
We are excited to report the progress of the new Grand Parent turkey facility in Sennevières, France. This new farm features increased capacity and the newest innovations in biosecurity.
This 3000 m² facility is set to receive its first placement in early 2018. The farm includes a rearing barn with space to house 10,000 GP turkeys. The large increase in capacity offers significant benefit to the Hybrid breeding program. With the ability to house a larger population than in the past, we can select birds at a higher intensity, which allows us to better deliver on the performance traits you desire.
The design of the barns will feature a biosecurity layout unlike most in the industry. A corridor is placed between the barns instead of separating each space as its own building. Recently built breeder barns in Canada were designed with a similar biosecurity layout. With this system, the staff can pass through a main biosecurity entrance, apply the required protocol and then use a simplified biosecurity process when entering each additional barn. This is more efficient than a traditional system where the staff are required to go through multiple entry and exit points, increasing the risk of contamination from outside elements. In addition, the walls inside the facility are completely designed with lacquered sheet metal from wall to ceiling for a more efficient and thorough disinfection process when cleaning in between flocks.
Along with these biosecurity features, all barns will be outfitted with leading technologies in lighting (LED) and feed distribution.
We believe that this 1.2 million euro investment is an important step forward for our growing operations in France. The new GP farm represents our commitment to genetic improvement as well as our leadership in biosecurity.
Pictured below is the progression of the project. Keep an eye out for regular updates as this project unfolds.