Poultry International - July 2017 - 10
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Chicken remains focus of
Jamaica Broilers diversification
Despite growing into new business areas and expanding overseas,
the company's local poultry business remains core.
Jamaica Broilers' hatchery facilities can
produce more than 1 million day-old
chicks each week. Courtesy Jamaica Broilers
Jamaica Broilers Group has
grown significantly beyond its
home market, but according to
president Conley Salmon, its
most important victories have
been in Jamaica.
Courtesy Jamaica Broilers
The Jamaica Broilers Group of
Companies is a vertically integrated
agribusiness company, but chicken
production remains at its core.
Established 59 years ago, Jamaica
Broilers has grown significantly,
achieving a turnover of US$300
million in 2016, and has operations
beyond the island, but according to
company president Conley Salmon, its
"most important victories have been
here in Jamaica, working to support
our local economy."
Within Jamaica, the company has
two divisions: Best Dressed Chicken
(BDC), which produces approximately
1 million kilograms of chicken each
week, and which is sold wholesale
and retail island-wide; and the
Hi-Pro business, offering day-old
chicks, feed, pharmaceuticals and
other farming goods, selling directly to customers and supplying
Jamaica Broilers sources its
hatching eggs from its International
Poultry Breeders (IPB) division,
which supplies fertile eggs out
of Jamaica and the U.S., then
hatches them in its own facilities.
Its hatchery facilities can produce more
than 1 million day-old chicks each week.
Where sourcing feed is concerned,
Jamaica Broilers is owner of the Best
Dressed Feed Mill, which is the largest in
the Caribbean. The fully automated mill,
which has ISO 9001:2008 certification, produces more than 260,000 tons of pelleted
feed per year, with diets mainly based on
corn and soybean.
The BDC field operation manages the
growth of newly hatched chicks, placing
them on farm for an average of six weeks,
and offering technical and veterinary support.
Once grown, birds are taken to the
company's processing plant, which was
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