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Visiting RTC Cherkizovo by the Dr. Craig N.Coon, the Professor of the University of Arkansas and USSEC Consultant

On May 21-24 Russia was visited by one of the most experienced U.S. poultry experts Dr. Craig N.Coon, the Professor of the University of Arkansas and USSEC Consultant. The trip was supported by the U.S. Soybean Export Council (USSEC) which builds a preference for U.S. soybeans worldwide, educating and connecting soy professionals via trade and technical services in addition to providing market access support.

Poultry products are very important for Russian customers. Poultry meat occupies 47% share in structure of meat production in Russia. In 2016 Russia produced more than 4.6 million tones of poultry meat in slaughtered weight (the 4th in the world) and more than 44 billion eggs (the 5th in the world).

On May 22 Dr. Coon accompanied by USSEC local consultant and U.S. Embassy Moscow ag specialists visited the innovative laboratory complex of Cherkizovo Group – the largest producer of meat products in Russia. Cherkizovo Group’s infrastructure includes 8 full cycle poultry production complexes, 15 modern pork production complexes, 6 meat processing plants, 9 feed mills, grain storage facilities.

The Research Center of Cherkizovo Group was started in 2016 close to Moscow with an investment of 350 million roubles (around 70 million USD). It is the innovative laboratory complex of the world level equipped with the most modern equipment of the American, European and Japanese manufacturers, which makes it possible to test any of the products produced on the Cherkizovo facilities.  One of the most noticeable features is a high qualified staff with an average age 30 years looking for knew knowledge and technical training.

Dr. Coon was very glad to share his expertise in broiler breeding through providing on-site technical seminar for the employees of the Center. Dr. Coon’s presentations “Broiler Breeder Protein Turnover, De Novo Lipogenesis, Heat Production and Body Composition Change” and “Broiler Amino Acid and Energy Nutrition Studies: Strain, Diet and Environmental Temperature” were followed by a vivid discussion and an invitation for new visits. These offered the opportunity to further explain the advantages of U.S. soy or soy in general in poultry rations.   

Fig. 1. Dr. Craig N. Coon accompanied by FAS Moscow ag specialists and USSEC local consultant visited the Cherkizovo R&D Center in Moscow and submitted on-site technical seminar.