Damate launched the turkey slaughter and processing plant in Rostov region

Turkey production

Damate Group resumed the work of the turkey slaughter and processing plant in Rostov region. The first batch of 4.5 thousand heads was delivered to the plant from its own breeding site.

Damate Group, the largest turkey producer in Russia, has launched a turkey slaughter and processing plant in the town Shakhty, Rostov Region. The launch of the plant was another step towards the restoration of turkey production in the region.

The first slaughter took place on November 18, a batch of 4.5 thousand heads of turkey (52 tons in carcass weight) arrived at the plant from its own breeding site. The plant is now operating as planned: slaughter will be carried out six days a week with a one-day stoppage for weekly cleaning and disinfection of equipment. This approach fully complies with the requirements of Damate in matters of compliance with sanitary and biological safety of production.

By the end of the year Damate plans to produce in Rostov region about 3 thousand tons of turkey in carcass weight. The prospective capacity of the plant is 85 thousand tons per year, the company plans to reach the declared indicators in accordance with the schedule during 2020 - 2021.

At present, the work of all production sites has been resumed. Weighing is carried out manually, which allows controlling the condition and quality of each bird. Immobilization of birds occurs using an electric current. The plant has a semi-automatic evisceration line. The carcass is cooled in two stages: cooling baths and an air - drop cooling chamber, which excludes thermal burns and meat chapping. Some of the processes in the cutting shop are automated, which significantly increases productivity compared to manual labor.

The facilities of the plant are capable of packaging in a protective atmosphere tray, vacuum packaging, as well as in a tray with stretch film. This makes it possible to produce a wide range of turkey products, including chilled and frozen products from turkey parts (breast fillets, thighs, drumsticks and others), chilled and frozen by-products. In the future, it is planned to release chilled semi-finished products such as cutlets, kebabs and sausages. The products will be sold under the brand Indilight.

Sales geography – southern regions of Russia: Rostov region, Krasnodar Territory, Stavropol Territory, Republic of Crimea, Republic of Adygea, Karachay-Cherkess Republic. Part of the volume produced will go to the central regions, including Moscow and Moscow region.

“Cutting and packaging are one of the most important stages in turkey production, as it determines the quality and appearance of the product that the consumer will see on store shelves. Therefore, we always pay special attention to the work organization on our processing enterprises; the plant in Rostov region is no exception. We have made every effort to turn the enterprise to a fully functional condition, our plans - to gradually bring its capacity to the design indicators,” - said the co-founder of Damate Group, Rashid Khairov.

“The resumption of the operation of the turkey slaughter and processing plant is another step in the process of restoring the position of Don region in the production of poultry meat,” noted Viktor Goncharov, First Deputy Governor of Rostov region. - In 2021-22, the Don enterprises for the production of turkey and duck meat should reach full capacity. The regional budget, for its part, provides support by subsidizing enterprises for the purchase of hatching eggs. And, of course, it is important for us to provide jobs for the local population in rural areas."

Damate Group leased from Rosselkhozbank JSC the capacity of the largest turkey production complex in Rostov region and began implementing a project to resume production in the summer of 2020. In August of this year, the first turkeys were brought to the rearing poultry houses, and in September the company began to form its own parent flock. As of today, Damate is carrying out work on the stage-by-stage commissioning of production facilities. Much attention is paid to the issues of biological safety of the facilities, which is of particular importance in the restoration of capacities and in the future in the production of turkey meat.