Construction is now underway for a new Aviagen poultry feed processing operation in Sallisaw, Okla. Aviagen, the world’s leading poultry genetics company, broke ground in July and expects to open the new facility in August 2017.
Feed purchased from a local mill and mixed to Aviagen’s high nutrition standards will be sanitized at the Sallisaw facility using an advanced thermal treatment system known as a hygieniser. The state-of-the-art feed hygieniser manufactured by California Pellet Mill is energy efficient and features excellent feed sanitation and conditioning, the company explained. The end benefit will be maximum feed quality for Aviagen flocks and those of its customers.
Once the feed is hygienised, it is cooled, stored and prepared for transporting to Aviagen farms as well as to its contract poultry producers in the Oklahoma area.
Aviagen invested $4.1 million in the facility, which will perform at a production capacity of 500 tons week, or 26,000 tons per year. In its beginning operational phase, it will have five to six full-time employees.
In addition to undergoing the sanitation process of the hygieniser, feed processed at the Sallisaw facility will be further protected by the strict biosecurity practices and monitoring programs inherent in all Aviagen facilities. These biosecurity guidelines are designed to completely isolate feed from atmospheric and other contaminants capable of threatening the quality of feed for the broiler breeding flocks.
“Aviagen was the first poultry company in the U.S. to design and build a feed mill that has such high standards for preventing contamination, and we continue this extraordinary level of biosecurity at the Oklahoma feed processing facility,” explained Kevin McDaniel, president of Aviagen North America. “By installing this new facility featuring the largest and most biosecure hygienisers ever manufactured, we’re keeping up with our growing demand for feed while ensuring the health of our flocks.”