Animal health and import regulations in Australia and New Zealand are among the toughest in the world, so poultry genetics company Aviagen has built a leading-edge quarantine farm in New South Wales, Australia, that is the only poultry quarantine facility within Australia that fully complies with government requirements.
Aviagen said its new 3,500 sq. m farm is known as the Wagga Wagga Import Quarantine Facility. It will hold approximately 12,000 great grandparent (GGP) birds, with a fresh import arriving every 20 weeks.
The official grand opening took place on March 27, and Wagga Wagga received its first import of eggs May 17 and will begin operation in June, the company announced.
With a presence in Australia for 30 years, Aviagen currently supplies all major poultry producers with broiler breeding stock. The Wagga Wagga operation will provide these customers with the performance, feed efficiency, health and welfare offered by the company's Ross birds.
According to Aviagen, the Wagga Wagga quarantine facility follows the strictest biosecurity, receiving quality imported eggs and then incubating them, hatching them and growing them to approximately 10 weeks of age. The chickens are tested by the Australian Department of Agriculture & Water Resources (DAWR) to confirm that they are healthy and disease free, before they are transferred to Aviagen breeder farms. The farm is then disinfected and prepared for the next quarantine cycle.
Wagga Wagga was constructed with state-of-the-art features to ensure the greatest level of biosecurity available, Aviagen noted. The facility is a fully-sealed, climate-controlled and high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA)-filtered structure cocooned in a protective outer building.
“Aviagen’s vision is to help feed the world’s communities with a high-quality source of protein. The new innovative quarantine facility will allow us to continue to import our high-generation breeding stock into Australia, and thus pass on the high value of our birds to customers for years to come,” explained Aviagen operations manager Wayne Miller.