New state-of-the-art rearing unit for Aviagen Turkeys
Established in 1998, family run business Powell & Co is proud to be one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of commercial poultry housing and agricultural buildings, dedicated to designing and building the best solutions for modern poultry production.
Father and son team, Don and Jason Powell deal with businesses of all sizes in a variety of locations and across a range of sectors. Operating from Kingsland near Leominster, Herefordshire, the team of 75 employees provide the complete solution from initial design and planning right through to bird delivery.
In 2018 the business was awarded a contract by Aviagen Turkeys to build six new turkey houses on a greenfield site in North Wales. Aviagen Turkeys is the global leader in turkey genetics selling the B.U.T. and Nicholas breeds, recognised around the world for their quality and superior performance. Their extensive product portfolio provides customers with a substantial choice of market-leading products to suit each customer’s specific operations and requirements. As well as selling turkey parent stock, Aviagen Turkeys also owns distribution businesses producing and selling commercial turkey eggs and poults. With over 27 farms and two hatcheries, the company is investing heavily in facilities and Research & Development programmes.
As a major supplier of turkey breeding stock throughout Europe and other parts of the world the business has a responsibility to maintain its flocks at the highest possible health status in order to prevent the vertical transmission of poultry or zoonotic pathogens down the supply chain. In addition, Aviagen Turkeys ensure good geographical distribution of the pedigree populations to guarantee the security of the different pedigree and gene pool lines.
The need to continually improve the biosecurity of farms and the increased breeding requirement has led to a strategy to upgrade, or replace the existing pedigree rearing farms to incorporate enhanced biosecurity infrastructure and to provide purpose-built facilities for the new and expanded pedigree selection activities.
The latest step in the upgrading of Aviagen Turkeys pedigree rearing facilities is the construction of a new state-of-the-art rearing farm near Wrexham. Fully commissioned in January 2019 the site is a high biosecurity facility with all buildings linked together to ensure that once personnel have showered into the site, they remain inside. Particular attention has been given to the procedures and facilities for receiving deliveries such as bedding material and for ensuring that biosecurity is maintained during the loading-out of birds.