David Irvine


Henley Drive Extension


P.O. Box 815


+263 772 131 973
+263 772 131 982
+263 867 700 6080




Our Roots

Bill Irvine started Irvine's Day Old Chicks with his wife using their spare bedroom in Waterfalls in 1957. Today Irvine's produces over 50 million chicks per year, over 18 million dozens of table eggs per year and over 15 000 tonnes of frozen chicken per year.

Key Milestones Along Our Journey

In its over 60 years of existence, Irvine’s has achieved some signi cant milestones the most notable being:

1960 - Irvine’s built a basic processing plant at Huxton Road which enabled them to start the production of frozen chicken.
1962 - Bill Irvine met with Tony Barnes and John Knowles of Cobb Breeding Company. They organised the first importation of COBB100 birds. These birds were placed in open sided housing at Huxton Road.
1963 - Irvine’s installed layer laying cages at Huxton Road and the commercial production of table eggs commenced.
1980 - Construction of breeding houses and Grand Parent Hatchery commenced at Harare South Farms.
1991 - A new Commercial Hatchery was built at Derbyshire Farm.
1998 - The Processing Plant was upgraded to international standards.
2000 - The Company built a second Commercial Hatchery.
2001 - Automatic egg grading machines were purchased to improve and automate operations.
2007 - Irvine’s celebrated 50 years of poultry production.
2008 - Irvine’s ZIMVET Laboratory receives ISO17025 Certification.
2009 - Irvine’s began a joint venture with Innscor. There was a good synergy between the two groups and Irvine’s grew from strength to strength.
2010 - Irvine’s implemented further processing upgrades and installed an individual quick frozen (IQF) spiral freezer.
2011 - Controlled environment houses were introduced Irvine’s Processing Plant receives ISO22000 Certi cation.
2012 - Irvine’s and Cobb celebrated 50 years of partnership.
2013 - Irvine’s receives ISO22000 Certi cation for Commercial Hatchery and FSSC22000 for the Processing Plant.
2015 - Irvine’s commissions its new fully automated world-class Feed Mill.
2018 - Irvine’s Feed Mill receives its ISO 22000 Certi cation. The ISO 22000 was the Management System of choice due to the fact that the Processing Plant and Hatchery within Irvine’s Zimbabwe are also ISO/ FSSC Certified, therefore completing the food chain within the company and living up to the Irvine’s pay- offline, ‘Trust Earned’. The ISO 22000 system enables Irvine’s to continuously improve on feed safety, its operational processes and service so that it can consistently deliver safe, wholesome, high quality feed to its customers at the least cost and on time. It gives Irvine’s and its customers confidence that the feed made at the Irvine’s Feed Mill is made to the highest quality standards and is very safe for its birds and ultimately all consumers of the company’s poultry range of products.

Corporate Social Responsibility

The Cobb500 is the world’s most effcient broiler with the lowest feed conversion, best growth rate and an ability to thrive on low density and less costly nutrition. These attributes combine to give the Cobb500 the competitive advantage of the lowest cost per kilogram or pound of live- weight produced for the growing customer base worldwide. In Zimbabwe, it is estimated that 45 000 families benefit from the rearing of COBB day old chicks and this number will continue to grow as individuals continue to look for lucrative income generating projects.

CSR & Sustainability