Cobb is set to play a “leading role” in increasing poultry meat production in Russia next year, with the country due to see total production reach 4.8 million tonnes in 2017.
According to Cobb’s sales director for Russia, Irina Likhacheva, poultry meat already accounts for 43% of all meat production in Russia, with 94% of the population eating poultry regularly.
“Next year, poultry production is estimated to increase further to 4.8m/t, with 4.76m/t going for domestic consumption,” she told the company’s regional technical seminar in Cyprus.
Ms Likhacheva also said that with Cobb being the largest supplier to 11 of Russia’s leading 20 poultry meat producers, the breed will play a major role in the industry’s future expansion.
Over 100 poultry specialists from Russia, Uzbekistan, Armenia and Georgia attended the Cyprus seminar, a gathering which represented more than half of poultry production in the CIS countries.
Two Cobb Champion awards were presented during the event.
One award went to Zarshed Muhamadiev, owner of F H Navobod Naslli, in Uzbekistan, who received his prize with chief technologist Ravshan Buldakov for achieving ‘exceptional broiler performance’.
The second award went to Alexandr Sovich, deputy director of Vasilievskaya farm in the Cherkizovo group.
Headline image (left picture) shows Patrick van Trijp (right) presenting the award to Alexandr Sovich while (right picture) shows Zarshed Muhamadiev (right) and Ravshan Buldakov