OUR STORY

We are a small family owned and operated business that, in partnership with Jan and Geoff Sparks, successfully imported rare breeds of chickens from the United Kingdom (UK) into Australia in 2014, 2015 and 2016.

The AvGen imports were the first successful importations of pure bred chicken breeds since the early 1950s. We completed our final import in August 2016.

Possibly the largest rare breed preservation project of its kind, in the world. We are excited to help make Australian poultry fancier’s dreams a reality. We hope these breeds are embraced by both the enthusiast and conservationist alike.

Some of the imported breeds and strains are rare in their own country of origin and we now have the responsibility to ensure that their future is secured.

IMPORTATIONS

Our importations were the successful culmination of a ‘rescue mission’ to salvage what remained of the very unfortunate failed importation attempt of the Australian Rare Poultry Importation Syndicate (ARPIS).

After hearing about the syndicate’s decision to discontinue with the project and the subsequent rapid dispersal of the source flocks in the UK breeding facility; Jan Sparks and Lyn Campbell (from AvGen) were able to halt the flock dispersal and closure of the facility before it was complete.

Just a few breeds remained in the UK breeding facility and we set about funding the facility and staff to continue operations, and began sourcing more breeds and varieties for future imports. This project wouldn’t have been possible without the valuable efforts of the UK team; Dr David Spackman, Mr Rob Gauld and Mr Stuart Wilson.  The Uk facility has now closed.

The AvGen imports were the first successful importations of pure bred chicken breeds since the early 1950s.

​Possibly the largest rare breed preservation project of its kind, in the world, we are excited to help make Australian poultry fanciers dreams a reality.

We hope these breeds are embraced by both the enthusiast and conservationist alike.

Some of the imported breeds and strains are rare in their own country of origin and we now have the responsibility to ensure that their future is secured.

Lyn Campbell