Aviagen’s Hungarian business is planning major expansions to its farming base in Central and Eastern Europe to meet increasing demand for its birds.

Supplying stock to customers in over 22 countries, Aviagen claims its sales have been booming and general manager Nick Spenceley said: “Despite the global crisis around us, the industry in our region has continued to grow.”

In July last year, the company added an extra house on four of the nine existing grandparent farms in Hungary. As well as this, Aviagen has refurbished a third dedicated rearing farm to be ready to take stock by September 2009.

The new farm of 5000sq m will take the total to three dedicated rearing farms for six production farms.

Aviagen has also invested in the Czech Republic and construction has begun on a grandparent farm located near Brno which they hope will be operational by 2010. It is anticipated to be the first of several grandparent farms in the Czech Republic.