Aviagen recently announced that it has revived a decommissioned hatchery in Albertville, Ala., to transform the historic hatchery into the new research and training center.
“Aviagen is committed to investing in research and development [R&D] to bring ongoing bird performance improvement to our customers and to the industry as a whole,” Aviagen chief executive officer Jan Henriksen said. “The Albertville Research & Training Center plays an important role in our overall mission to provide quality broiler breeding stock to our customers that ultimately help provide local communities with a healthy, affordable source of protein.”
Aviagen has installed state-of-the-art technology in the center, while preserving much of the original natural materials. The newly restored building will offer multiple spaces where Aviagen teams can meet and learn with their valued customers and industry colleagues.
The new research and training center is part of a larger campus known as the Aviagen Product Development Center, which also includes a research hatchery, processing plant and breeder and broiler farm. The complete operation is integral to Aviagen’s global R&D efforts.
Within the Albertville center, the Derek Emmerson Education Center will serve as the training hub. This 1,350 sq. ft. classroom will be home to the Aviagen Production Management School — a four-week, international customer learning experience — as well as many other education events.
From a state-of-the-art Farm Operations Center, staff and visitors may observe and monitor flock behavior and house conditions via streaming video of each of the poultry houses on the campus. The new space also includes a necropsy training room, which will lead to improved approaches to disease diagnosis and prevention.
“Out of our extensive R&D comes a wealth of knowledge on breeding advancements and best practices for improving performance and efficiencies for our customers,” Dr. Eduardo Souza, Aviagen vice president of R&D, said. “The new center provides a modern, inviting space to further our R&D and share these latest developments.”