Chicken meat producer and marketer, Ingham’s Group, is to spend $70 million in partnership with its contract partners as part of a big revamp of operations in Western Australia.
The group’s farming, milling and processing capacity in WA is to be upgraded in a three-year program which will see the company build a new state-of the-art feed mill at Muchea outside Perth and a new chicken hatchery.
The company, which floated on the Australian securities Exchange last year, is to sell its Wanneroo site where the existing hatchery and feed mill are located, then lease the site back to cover itself during the construction of new facilities.
The work in WA is part of a national network plan which will enable the meat company to meet local demand with locally grown poultry products.
Ingham’s recently contracted new growers and increased its shedding capacity among its existing WA producers to help build capacity in the region.
The company said much of the $70m to be invested in the production supply chain would be funded by contract partners.