Turkey business soaring again at Chickmont

Three years after a major fire cost more than $770,000 in losses and depleted the turkey stock at a farm operated by Chickmont Foods Ltd, the company is reporting that things are back to normal.

A fire at ZRS Farms on August 26, 2014 damaged a pen and affected the estimated 7,600 two-week-old turkeys that it housed.

General Manager and Director of Chickmont Foods Edward Albecker said at the time there was no need for Barbadians to worry about any turkey shortage as a result of the fire.

“That’s what you have insurance for. These are all prefabricated pens so these pens would come in about four or five containers and that would be rebuilt in about six weeks after getting the materials. Within 16 weeks it would be replaced,” he said then.

Today, while Albecker did not go into details about the company’s recovery, he told Barbados TODAY in a brief interview, everything was “pretty much” back to normal with the turkey producing arm of the company, and business overall was booming.

In fact, he said besides having enough turkeys and chicken to serve the local market, the island’s main poultry producing company had witnessed an estimated five per cent increase in the sales of eggs over the last few weeks.

“We have pretty much rebuilt. We have pretty much recovered and we have no shortages in any area,” Albecker said.

“We have seen an increase in sales in eggs. That is either people are eating more eggs or maybe somebody might be a little bit short, but we have more than adequate. I got over a week of eggs in stock and over a week supply of chicken, so I am good. We have turkey in stock and we have turkey on line for prep. So no shortages,” he added.

The Balls Plantation, Lowland, Christ Church company is an amalgamation of poultry companies, Montrose Limited, Chickgrowers Limited and Super Poultry Farms Limited.

The Barbados Egg and Poultry Producers Association (BEPPA) gave the assurance that there was no shortage of supply and that the price of eggs had not increased.

“There are some producers who have excess chicken in cold storage due to imports, so there isn’t about to be any shortage of chicken,” BEPPA President Stephen Layne was quoted today as saying.

“And there is no shortage of eggs. Some farmers may experience issues but the bigger farmers are picking up the slack. So supermarkets have not been billed any higher,” he said.

One Response to Turkey business soaring again at Chickmont

  1. Alex Alleyne August 17, 2017 at 8:13 am

    One of these “buzzard birds” gonna cost you as much as a “used car”…….So hold on to your hat people.

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