Valley of the Moon Acquires Forrest Farms
As part of its ongoing investment in the North American Turkey industry, Valley of the Moon Commercial Poults (VOMCP) is pleased to announce the acquisition of Forrest Farms turkey facilities in central Illinois. Matti Shalev established Forrest Farms twenty years ago to supply the industry with quality turkey hatching eggs and he has recently built new facilities to meet increasing demand. Matti will also join the VOMCP team, adding his years of experience to VOMCP’s mission to remain the leader in turkey breeding and distribution. Aviagen will make further substantial investments in improving biosecurity, infrastructure and production flow at this location.
Clint Grimsley, VOMCP president noted, “Matti has been producing hatching eggs for Valley of the Moon for several years and the acquisition is a reflection of this excellent working relationship. Matti will continue to manage the operation for the near future along with Reuben Stork and working closely with Dr. Bob Edson, vice president of health services, and me. This acquisition demonstrates the commitment of Aviagen to maintain a secure supply of eggs and poults for our customers in the U.S. and around the world.”
Dr. Jihad Douglas, Aviagen Turkeys’ president also commented, “Aviagen initiated the strategy of working more closely with the end user of Aviagen genetics by forming VOMCP in 2011. This strategy of building partnerships based on trust and common values has delivered considerable rewards to our customers. Acquiring Forrest Farms further strengthens our distribution chain for providing the industry leading Nicholas genetic package and the best quality commercial poults. As the only turkey primary breeder to invest significantly in infrastructure in the United States, we are proud of our continuous support of the U.S. industry.”