Grand Parents

Irvine’s grandparent farms are situated in the Harare South area. Cobb grandparent chicks are imported from Cobb UK and reared under strict environmental and bio-security controls. Twenty seven weeks later, the birds start laying hatching eggs which are transferred to the parent hatchery where they hatch into Cobb parent day old chicks. The increase in production of parent day old chicks has seen Irvine’s Zimbabwe penetrate into regional markets with over 50% market share in a number of countries. The Cobb parents will start to hatch at about 27 weeks. Some hatching eggs are sold to local and regional hatcheries for production of chicks only after satisfaction of the local day old chick requirements. Majorty of the hatching eggs are transferred to the Commercial hatchery for hatching of broiler day old chicks.

Commercial Hatchery

Irvine’s is one of the largest producers of day old chicks in the region with two commercial hatcheries situated on Derbyshire Farm in Waterfalls producing over 1 million chicks per week. Both hatcheries are equipped with state of the art incubators to facilitate for hatching. The fully air conditioned hatcheries utilises the latest cutting edge technology with in-ovo vaccination (into the egg at 18 days of incubation) and automatic egg removal of infertile eggs. Layer chicks are vaccinated automatically by machine and at the same time their beaks are trimmed using laser technology. The day old chicks are transported to customers in temperature controlled chick trucks so that chicks reach the customer’s doorstep in superb condition. About 50% of the Cobb broiler chicks hatched are transferred to the Irvine’s broiler production sites. Majority of H & N layer chicks are transferred to the Commercial layers sites for table egg production. Irvine’s commercial hatchery was the first to be ISO 22 000 certified assuring customers of the best quality day old chicks in the country.

Broiler Production

Irvine’s Zimbabwe are up to date with technology and have a large number of controlled environment sheds for broiler production situated on Derbyshire Farm in Waterfalls, Harare. As part of Irvine’s Economic empowerment initiatives, about 60% of Irvine’s day old chick production are supplied to indigenous contract farmers who grow the broilers on behalf of the company and bring them back to the Irvine’s processing plant for slaughter. All contract farmers have adhere to the strict Irvine’s and government veterinary bio security standards so as to have farm to fork quality assurance.

Contract Farming

Requirements for Broiler Contract Growing

Contract growing chickens for Irvine’s Zimbabwe (IZIM) is when the grower enters into a contract with Irvine’s Zimbabwe to grow broiler chickens on behalf of the company. A nine week cycle is used where the grower keeps the birds for thirty eight-forty (38-40) days and the site rests for three (3)weeks during which cleaning and disinfection is carried out.
Irvine’s Zimbabwe provides the day old chicks, feed, transport for the day old chicks, feed and collection of birds for slaughter; vaccines, medication and cleaning chemicals as required while the grower provides the infrastructure, labour, litter, brooding requirements and water for the birds. The birds are kept on the grower site and upon achieving target slaughter weight are collected by Irvine’s Zimbabwe.
The grower is responsible for the birds from day of receipt till delivery to Irvine’s Zimbabwe processing plant. Irvine’s Zimbabwe will slaughter, process, provide refrigeration facilities and market the final product.

Minimum requirements for site

  • Minimum number of birds per site: 30,000 birds (10,000 birds per house);
  • Recommended radius to Harare: 70km;
  • All weather access roads;
  • Well drained soils;
  • Intact perimeter fence and lockable gate;
  • At least 1 km from other poultry and piggery sites;
  • Poultry houses built as per Irvines Zimbabwe Housing manual;
  • A pre acceptance audit to be done to ascertain compliance;
  • Biosecurity ensuring complete separation from other operations;
  • Details of costs/payment structures are provided to those meeting the minimum requirements above.

Commercial Layers

Irvine’s Zimbabwe is one of the largest table egg producers in the region. The Commercial layers farms are located on Derbyshire farm in waterfalls and in Harare South area. Irvine’s are breeders of the German H & N layer which is ideal for table egg production because it efficiently produces high proportion of large brown eggs popular in the Southern African region. Table eggs are freshly picked daily and transferred to the Egg plant for grading and packing.

Chicken Processing Plant

The Irvine’s Zimbabwe processing plant is situated on Derbyshire Farm in waterfalls. The plant achieved a milestone in the history of food industry in Zimbabwe by being the first food processing company in Zimbabwe to be certified by SABS, to ISO 22 000, an internationally recognised food safety standard. The Irvine’s processing plant is now SABS FSSC 22 000 which is a quality level above ISO 22 000. The plant is equipped with state of the art machinery that is essential in the production of superior quality chicken products.

Irvine’s has a modern processing plant able to process 250,000 chickens per week for sale into the local retail and fast food outlets. The plant has a number of features such as automatic scales, spiral freezer and automatic packaging to enable the production of high quality chicken to international standards.

Egg Plant

The Irvine’s Egg plant is situation on Derbyshire Farm in Waterfalls. The egg plant is accredited to ISO 22000, an internationally recognised food safety standard. The egg plant is equipped with state of the art egg grading machines that automatically sort the eggs according to weight. The machinery in the egg plant is designed to pack eggs in a variety of sizes to satisfy the needs of customers. Eggs are graded at Irvine’s egg packing station where reject and damaged eggs are removed. Eggs are then printed with Irvine’s name and automatically packed into trays or smaller boxes for distribution across Zimbabwe.

Feed Mill

The Irvine’s feed mill is situated on Derbyshire Farm in waterfalls. The Mill takes care of the feed requirements of our broiler and layer production farms. Our world-class quality assurance ensures sterile and pathogen-free raw materials and production environment. We also have an in-house Nutritionist who ensures that the feed recipes are designed to suit each type of chicken at every stage of the production process for increased efficiency and more importantly, improved quality of the end product.

It has a capacity of 25 tonnes of feed per hour and is able to produce a good quality high spec ration. In addition the mill has considerable storage facilities in the form of grain silos and bunker silos for non-grain products allowing Irvine’s to buy from the local market and store for future use.

Zimvet Laboratory

Zimvet is a wholly own subsidiary of Irvine’s Zimbabwe. The Zimvet laboratory was the first private lab in Zimbabwe to be accredited by SANAS, to ISO/IEC 17025 to perform accredited testing services. ISO/IEC 17025 is an international quality standard directing the general requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories.

For Irvines’ Zimbabwe, using a technically competent laboratory minimises the risk of producing and supplying contaminated products. Zimvet offers Irvine’s Zimbabwe and its customers the benefit of an increased level of confidence in the accuracy of the test results that come with their products.