Cornish chicken firm invests in organic future

A Cornish poultry firm is investing in a new processing plant after completing a detailed feasibility study into going organic.

Camel Valley Poultry used a £12,000 grant from Objective One to help pay for a one-year study, which was completed last month. The aim was to look at whether expanding into the organic market was going to be economically viable for the firm, which is based near Camelford.

Clive Davis from Camel Valley Poultry said: “We wanted to look at various options for expanding the business to produce organic, free range and barn reared chicken. For the organic option we looked at different housing systems and breeds.

“Our study, which involved producing birds in various ways on three different holdings, has shown that the best housing method for organic producers is a small mobile unit, with insulated sections, that will house 500 birds. We’ve also picked the Hubbard 257 as the best breed.”

Mr Davis said market research showed conclusively that farmers could make good returns with a relatively small amount of land.

An application to build a new processing plant – which will also provide new jobs locally – should go before North Cornwall planners in June. The firm hope construction can begin in August and by early 2003 they will be looking for local farmers to supply them with birds.

Mr Davis said: “We held an open day last September for interested farmers and the results of the study will also be made available. The study has shown how we can invest in the business.

“That’s good news for everyone because as well as providing jobs directly, we will also be increasing the opportunities for local farmers to supply us with the birds we need.”

For Further Information
Clive Davis
Camel Valley Poultry
Tel: 01840 213431


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Jason Clark
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