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Short Hatch Window: a Smart Choice

by 5m Editor
14 October 2008, at 5:31pm

NETHERLANDS - Pas Reform continues to expand in Asia, with the announcement that Malaysia's PW Consolidated Bhd (formerly known as PinWee Group Bhd) has signed an agreement for the supply of Smart incubators for a new state-of-the-art hatchery in Kedah, Malaysia.

The contract, signed by Mr Dato'Siah Gim Eng and Mrs Datin Law Hooi Lean of PW Consolidated with Henk Markhorst, Sales Director and Dr Tan Ee Seng, Sales Director Asia, from Pas Reform Hatchery Technologies, also includes provision for the modernisation of the Malaysian company's existing hatchery in Malacca.


Dr Loh, Production Manager PW Consolidated Bhd

Both PW's hatcheries will be equipped with SmartSetTM setters, SmartHatchTM hatchers, and Pas Reform's SmartCenterTM hatchery information system.

"The short hatch window produced by Smart single-stage incubators was a highly compelling factor in selecting equipment for PW's new hatcheries," says Dr. Loh, PW's production manager.

The wider the spread of hatch, i.e. the time between the hatching of the first and the last chick in a batch - the longer the first hatchlings must wait to access feed and water. In a competitive environment, this means that larger chicks grow faster while the smaller ones grow more slowly. This increases and exaggerates weight differences in the flock.


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"It is well understood in the broiler industry that by achieving good, uniform bodyweight at this age - we can expect the same healthy, uniform progression through the rest of the lifecycle"
Dr Loh

Dr Loh continues, "There are many factors affecting hatch time. Some of these, for example genetic variation, are outside our control. But the use of modular, single-stage incubators from Pas Reform allows us to actively influence the duration of the hatch window and subsequent chick uniformity, livability and growth rate."

Dr Tan Ee Seng concludes, "Pas Reform's Smart incubation technologies enable the hatchery to actively manage the developing embryo while it is still in the egg. Modular design and precise control allow a diverse range of incubation environments to be created and managed simultaneously. The result is homogenous conditions that produce the shortest spread of hatch, high uniformity and healthy, uniform progression throughout the broiler's lifecycle."