Cobb cham­pion awards for SA World Egg Day

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In­tro­duced last year to recog­nise an­nual world­class per­for­mance at breeder, broiler and hatch­ery lev­els in Europe, the Mid­dle East and Africa, two Cobb Cham­pion Awards have gone to South African com­pa­nies - Quan­tum Foods and RCL Foods.

Quan­tum Foods gained a breeder award for achiev­ing 146.3 chicks/bird to 60 weeks while RCL Foods gained a hatch­a­bil­ity award for achiev­ing an 86.76 per­cent av­er­age hatch to 60 weeks.

Award pre­sen­ter Pi­eter Oosthuy­sen, Cobb se­nior man­ager of ac­counts and tech­ni­cal ser­vice in Africa, said achiev­ing good hatch­a­bil­ity and fer­til­ity is key in South Africa as the al­ter­na­tive of spik­ing is ex­pen­sive. Spik­ing refers to the in­tro­duc­tion of ad­di­tional males dur­ing the pro­duc­tion pe­riod to en­hance fer­til­ity.

“Pro­duc­ers hatch in ex­cess of 86 per­cent on av­er­age and this, com­bined with good egg pro­duc­tion, makes the Cobb500 the breed of choice,” Oosthuy­sen said.

Greg Hart, breeder man­ager of Quan­tum Foods, said the recognition of per­for­mance is ap­pre­ci­ated and a mo­ti­va­tion for all in­volved.

“We do recog­nise that the re­sults achieved are a prod­uct of team­work from peo­ple across var­i­ous dis­ci­plines, start­ing with the Cobb breed and team and end­ing with the per­son in each poul­try house,” Hart said.

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