Aviagen is pleased to announce that earlier this year Valley of the Moon Commercial Poults formed a merger with Willmar Poultry/AgForte to establish a new company called Select Genetics. This new company will continue to supply commercial turkey poults to the turkey industry.
Select Genetics is a new company headquartered in Willmar, Minnesota operating under the direction of Jihad Douglas as CEO. Douglas commented “Valley of the Moon was formed in 2011 with the goal of supplying Nicholas genetics to turkey end users worldwide. We built a state of the art hatchery in Osceola, IA to be in close proximity to many of our customers. We now need to expand our distribution channel to meet the growing demand for Nicholas turkeys throughout the US. The Willmar and Ag Forte assets in VA, OH, MO, and MN complement our infrastructure in NC, MI, IL, MO, and IA, which allows us to reach our goals faster and more efficiently”.
“We are very excited about this new venture and the opportunity to combine our innovative companies. Select Genetics is positioned to deliver added value to our customers and to build on the relationship that George Nicholas began with the Huisinga and Norling families over 50 years ago,” said Douglas.