February 25, 2011
Cobb Africa srengthens technical team
Tom Wierda has joined the Cobb Africa technical team, bringing more than 30 years’ experience in the poultry industry.
Mr Wierda, who will be based in South Africa, will be working for both Cobb Europe and Cobb Africa supporting customers of both with technical support.
He has worked as a breeder/hatchery manager for a number of companies, most recently for Al-Watania Poultry in Saudi Arabia. He has extensive practical and technical knowledge to share with the expanding client base of Cobb Europe and Cobb Africa which covers most sub-Saharan countries.
Patrick Murphy, Cobb Africa general manager, commented: “We are excited to have Tom with us to strengthen further our technical resources. With Dr Wouter Steenhuisen already on board, we believe we have a top class team to assist our clients with all their technical needs.”
February 22, 2010
International visitors insight into latest Cobb research
Leading poultry producers from Europe, Asia and Central and South America were given an
insight into latest research of Cobb-Vantress during a visit to Arkansas following the IPE poultry
exhibition at Atlanta.
They included customers from P D Hook in the UK, the Cherkisovo group from Pensa in Russia,
Senpilic and Keskinoglu in Turkey, Charoen Pokphand in Thailand, Cobb Caribe in the Dominican
Republic, Pipasa in Costa Rica, Puropollo in Colombia and Avex in Peru.
During a visit to the Cobb world headquarters at Siloam Springs, Arkansas, they heard about the
increasing scope of the company’s breeding programme from Dr John Hardiman, who has led the
research and development team for the past 24 years.
Now the company’s chief scientific officer, he told the group about how lowering the cost of
genotyping individual birds would increase the pace of future progress. He spoke about how
programme was ‘locking in the Cobb trade mark advantages in feed conversion and growth
across all products’, with a further 15 points on feed conversion expected in the next five years.
The Arkansas visit also took in some facilities of Tyson Foods including the Tyson Discovery
Center, the world-renowned research kitchen where new products are developed.
June 19, 2009
Patrick Murphy joins Cobb Africa as General Manager
Patrick Murphy joins Cobb Africa after 9 years with Alltech where he serviced Africa
and the Middle East.
He started his career in the Middle East where he was based in Saudi Arabia and was
responsible for growing the Middle East Market including Pakistan, UAE, Egypt and
Saudi Arabia. In 2003, he opened offices in Dubai and began work on the Iranian Market
furthering Alltech’s market share.
In 2005 Patrick moved to South Africa and took up the role of National Sales Manager
for South Africa where he managed all aspects of the regional Sales and Marketing
division. As an addition to the Cobb Africa team, Patrick’s new role is to ensure that our
clients receive the best possible service and that the Cobb market share continues to grow
Craig Irvine, Director commented, “ We are pleased to welcome Patrick to our group and
look forward to the growth Patrick will bring to not only our business, but that of our
customers. With his extensive experience in sales and marketing in the African region
and beyond, we look forward to many new additions to our Cobb Family.”