New plant has grand opening
Posted: Tuesday, March 13, 2012 7:00 pm
Gov. Bill Haslam recently helped Cobb-Vantress with the grand opening of its Dry Creek Pedigree Farm in Morgan County.
The new operation is a state-of-the-art research and development breeding facility located on a 1,000-acre site, representing an investment of $22 million and the creation of 118 new jobs, according to the state Department of Economic and Community Development.
Cobb-Vantress is a Tyson Foods subsidiary and is a leader in poultry breeding and genetic improvement.
The company has invested in the advances of DNA technology, or genomics, to enable its team of geneticists to identify and select genes for specific trait improvements in breeding stock. This allows the genetic progress to proceed more rapidly and accurately and may pave the way for benefits such as disease resistance and meat quality improvements, according to the state department.
Broiler production is Tennessee’s third leading agricultural commodity, generating $475 million annually in farm revenues. In the past decade, poultry production has led as the fastest growing sector of Tennessee agriculture.