Our History

The making of the world's oldest poultry breeding company

1916 v2
The Beginning

1916

Robert C Cobb Senior buys the Old Pickard Farm in Littleton, Massachusetts, on November 20. Cobb’s Pedigreed Chicks is formed.

1920
Growing Business

1920

Incubator capacity increases to 1,400 eggs.

1925
Growing Business

1925

Cobb becomes the largest breeder of Barred Plymouth Rocks in New England.

1 Million Reached

1935

One million breeders were produced.

1947
A New Line

1947

Cobb begins a breeding line of all white birds, called White Rocks.

1955
Expanding the Market

1955

The White Rocks are introduced in the US broiler breeder market.

1956
Expanding the Market

1956

First exhibit at the Atlanta Show.

1959
Expanding the Market

1959

First Cobb franchise begins in Europe.

1960
Going Worldwide

1960

First shipment of grandparent stock is sent to Cobb Breeding Company in the UK.
New ventures develop in Argentina, the Philippines, Thailand, Hong Kong, Brazil, Peru, Venezuela, and Ireland.

1961
Going Worldwide

1961

Hatchery is opened in Siloam Springs, Arkansas

Going Worldwide

1964

Distribution in Africa begins.

1966
Going Worldwide

1966

Introduction of the Cobb 100, soon known for its outstanding reproductive performance.

Going Worldwide

1969

Cobb-Española is formed.

New Beginnings

1970

UK breeding program initiates the Cobb 500.

New Beginnings

1974

Cobb is purchased by The Upjohn Company. Tyson Foods, Inc. acquires the Vantress breeding lines.

1983
Making a Move

1983

Arkansas Breeders, the first Tyson/Cobb venture is formed.

1986
Making a Move

1986

Cobb-Vantress is formed as a joint venture between Tyson Foods, Inc. and The Upjohn —Company, and positions Cobb as an international leader in poultry breeding.
The company moves from Concord, Massachusetts, to Siloam Springs, Arkansas.
New research complex is developed in Jane, Missouri.

1988
Making a Move

1988

A joint-venture company is formed in Brazil.

Making a Move

1989

Distribution agreement is signed with Ha Lim Foods of Korea.

1990
Making a Move

1990

Cobb opens a new hatchery in Siloam Springs, Arkansas.

Making a Move

1993

New Cobb production and quality assurance facility opens.

1994
Making a Move

1994

Tyson Foods, Inc. acquires 100% of Cobb’s stock from the Upjohn Company.
Cobb opens a second hatchery facility in Cleveland, Georgia.
Three Springs pedigree farm in Oklahoma becomes operational.
New join-venture agreement begins in China.

Making a Move

1995

Second joint-venture agreement in Brazil. New distributorship agreement in Thailand.

1997
Making a Move

1997

Opens Cobb’s fifth US hatchery in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Making a Move

1998

Cobb Germany is formed to target central and eastern Europe.
Work starts on a third pedigree breeding complex at Grand Meadows in Oklahoma.

Making a Move

1999

The World Technical Support Team is formed.

Building Relationships

2000

Cobb-Vantress, Inc acquires the assets of Avian Farms including facilities in Kentucky and —Texas, and the Avian genetic lines.
A new grandparent franchise, Cobb South Africa, is set up by Rainbow Farms.
Production begins at a new grandparent complex established by Cobb Egypt.

Building Relationships

2001

The first great grandparent centers is inaugurated by Cobb-Vantress Brasil Limitada in São Paulo complex.
The Cobb 700 is introduced to the US.

Building Relationships

2002

The new $7 million feed mill opens at Siloam Springs.
A new grandparent facility with Reproductores Cobb SA in Argentina goes into full production.
A new joint venture company starts in the Dominican Republic.

Building Relationships

2004

Cobb-Vantress Brazil opens new office at Sao Jose do Rio Preto.
Cobb Avian 48 with focus on lower chick cost is introduced.
UK Bawdeswell hatchery expands to increase regional grandparent production.

Building Relationships

2005

Cobb South Africa gains a Cobb “Valued and Prestigious Partner Award” as one of the largest and fastest growing distributors globally.
Cobb Germany appointed distributor for 17 countries in central and eastern Europe.

2006 v2
Building Relationships

2006

$15 million project with Granja Alvorada in the Mato Grosso do Sul region of Brazilic is completed.
Cobb Europe moves EMEA regional office from the Netherlands to Colchester, UK.
Cobb completes 50 years at US Poultry & Egg International Expo in Atlanta, US.
New sales structure announced with Cobb’s largest grandparent customer, Agrogen Desenvolvimento Genetico in Brazil.

2007
Building Relationships

2007

Alliance announced between Cobb-Vantress and Hendrix Genetics. Cobb acquires Hybro and enters an agreement on joint research and development in livestock genetics.
The new Cobb 700 launched in North America and Europe.

2008
Building Relationships

2008

Partnership announced by Cobb and Sasso, the leading French breeder of colored and specialty breeding stock for slower growing markets, leading to launch of Cobb Sasso 150 and accreditation by RSPCA for Freedom Foods products.

Building Relationships

2008

Purchase of TimberLake farm in Texas to house great grandparent level multiplier flocks to provide for increasing worldwide needs.
Completion of alliance with Hendrix Genetics, purchase of Hybro.
Opening of new hatchery in Russia by Broiler Budeshego.

Building Relationships

2008

New distributors appointed in Bangladesh, Indonesia, the Philippines and Sri Lanka.
Cobb announces a 4 year, US$10 million genomes research program with partners Hendrix Genetics and the USDA.

Building Relationships

2009

Cobb Europe acquires Kabir International which specializes in colored chicken for niche markets globally.
Three additionall distributors are approved in Asia.

Looking Forward

2010

Construction of new Cobb Quality Testing Center doubles laboratory capacity at Siloam Springs, USA.
Arkansas honors Cobb-Vantress for export success.
Cobb-Vantress Brazil invests in local communities to improve lives of children.

Looking Forward

2011

New investment in Cobb Europe great grandparent production facilities in UK
New $14 million hatchery officially opened at Lafayette, Tennessee, USA, supplied by 27 breeder farms.

Looking Forward

2012

Fifth US research complex officially opened in Deer Lodge, Tennessee, USA, represents $22 million investment in expanding pedigree breeding
New research agreement with CP Foods in Thailand

Looking Forward

2012

New regional sales and technical office opens in Bangkok, Thailand
Cobb Española opens €5 million hatchery to supply Spain, Portugal and north Africa
Cobb-Vantress and Hendrix Genetics sign further joint venture research agreement.

Looking Forward

2015

Cobb China $35 million-dollar production complex opens

Looking Forward

2016

Cobb celebrates 100th anniversary

Looking Forward

2017

Cobb opens Joanna, South Carolina feed mill

Looking Forward

2018

Cobb opens downtown Siloam Springs office
Cobb Columbia unit begins operations

Looking Forward

2019

Cobb New Zealand $50 million-dollar pure-line production facility opens

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