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ISA Opens Brand New Layer Parent Stock Hatchery

by 5m Editor
17 July 2013, at 8:19am

NETHERLANDS - Institut de Sélection Animale (ISA) held a 2-day opening & open house event to celebrate the completion of its new layer parent stock hatchery in Boxmeer, the Netherlands. The hatchery showcases numerous state of the art technologies that allow day-old chicks to be hatched in a very energy-efficient manner and in full accordance with the highest biosecurity standards.

On 12 and 13 July, over a 1000 visitors from around the world were welcomed to the hatchery and treated with a mix of opening lectures, entertainment and guided tours. The new 4.080 m2 hatchery, which has an annual production capacity of 5 million parent stock chicks, has been built with only top notch suppliers in order to set a new standard for hatcheries.

"Our new hatchery is obviously built with the idea to support our business goals for the future," said Servé Hermans, ISA’s Managing Director. "But with the enormous growth we have enjoyed in the past decade, also comes a great responsibility to help the egg industry evolve into a profitable and sustainable business. Our mission to breed for 500 first quality eggs per hen housed is one such example and our brand new hatchery is another example of our commitment to lead the industry forward."

The hatchery applies Pas Reform incubators and includes 50 SmartSetPro setters and 18 SmartHatchPro hatchers. The Smartpro technology incorporates "Adaptive Metabolic Feedback" (AMF) for simultaneous humidity and CO2 control and the ability to use Pas Reforms "Circadian Incubation" technology.

"Outside air is drawn into the hatchery, conditioned with air handling units, and channeled seperately to the individual incubators in order to avoid cross-contamination at all cost," said Ron Jöerissen, ISA’s Production Director.

"The hatchery is equipped with solar water heaters and water cooling systems with heat recovery from the incubators in order to regulate the temperature of water and air in a sustainable manner."

Other hatchery suppliers include Prinzen for egg transfer machines, iD Projects for hatchery automation systems, Bolidt for robust and low maintenance floors, Unikon for washing machines, Metaflex/Isosystems for conditioned rooms, and Elpress to safeguard personal hygiene. The new hatchery is planned to be in full operation in September.