An explosive growth of the human population and urbanization are the main global developments which involve the poultry industry. In order to respond to these, the agricultural production needs to become (even more) productive and sustainable. The Netherlands, the second greatest agricultural export nation in the world, plays a large part in this as well as in the field of knowledge and innovation when it comes to development and sharing of new knowledge. The poultry industry is constantly changing and offers a wide range of opportunities. It is important for government bodies, educational institutions (such as Wageningen University & Research centre, Poultry Expertise Centre and Aeres) and the business community to make a joint effort and share knowledge (expertise). This awareness can also be seen in the AgriMex Holanda objective.
Learning by doing
Aeres Training Centre International offers extensive practical training and innovative programmes. It is their goal to help you prepare for today’s poultry, pigs, and feed industry. The world today is facing food security and safety issues. Professionals all over the world want solutions to increase and improve their production. Aeres Training Centre International offers courses, consultancy and development projects for companies, government and individual professionals all over the world. The motto of their branded PTC+ programme is learning by doing. Aeres Training Centre International offers standard and custom made trainings and consultancy in a real-life business context. Your return is measurable immediately. Learning by doing also means that all training really takes place in practice. Theory is necessary, but it always stems from a carefully selected practical problem, originating directly from professional practice.
Precision-feeding systems for specific dietery needs
The average chicken, cow or pig does not exist in reality. Just as with humans, every animal has its own specific dietary needs in different stages of life. To increase efficiency and tailor diets to specific needs in each stage of life, Nutreco develops modular precision-feeding systems. These offer the latest nutritional science data and technology, with which customers can fine-tune their feeding strategies. A good example is the split-feeding of laying hens. A laying hen has different requirements throughout the day in order to meet the needs in the egg formation process. With Nutreco’s models you can adjust the nutrient composition per feeding moment. This not only results in high nutritional accuracy at the best available cost price, it also contributes to producing more with less resources, and to minimizing the waste of resources.
AeroScalder: award-winning innovation in sustainability
One innovation that marries the ideals of sustainability with optimum process performance is the Stork Poultry Processing AeroScalder. The AeroScalder is an innovative, highly energy-efficient way of scalding using forcefully circulated moisturized hot air to scald broilers. In this system, humidified hot air is blown onto the wings, back and abdomen but not the breast of the birds. The air penetrates and separates the feather pack, transferring heat effectively to the feather follicle.Precise control of the temperature of the scalding air ensures a perfect scald. The new system has been designed with long-term sustainability very much in mind. The process uses 75% less water than a conventional scalder. The AeroScalder is enclosed, keeping heat loss to a minimum. Energy consumption is up to 50% lower. An additional bonus is that the system is virtually odor-free.
Creating an optimum indoor climate
Hotraco Agri is a globally operating supplier of innovative computerized systems for use in poultry sectors specialised in creating and maintaining an optimum indoor climate. Their main focus is on the development and manufacture of customized computers that regulate, control and monitor the overall animal house system. From climate control and air conditioning, feed and water control, animal weighing, egg counting to fire safety. In collaboration with the University of Wageningen they recently have developed a Red mite Monitoring System. This innovation will be presented at VIV Europe from June 20-22 in Utrecht. During the official unveiling on the first day of the fair, the name of this innovation will be announced. The system consists of a plastic perch with advanced electronics, linked to an intelligent data management system.
Improving cut-up and deboning operations
Foodmate is a poultry processing equipment manufacturer offering the full processing line from live birds receiving to deboning. Founded in 2006 by industry experts they have rapidly become a reliable partner of major poultry processing companies worldwide. The rapid success in cut-up and deboning operations made it necessary to set up full service locations in USA, Brazil and Poland. Foodmate has an ‘Inspirience Center’ to constantly work on new cutting and deboning equipment. Here customer’s products are analysed and enhanced to improve yields, presentation and productivity. The cut-up lines are modular and can be designed to meet your needs. Each module can be bypassed manually or by intelligence-based software to best fit your production needs. Their deboning equipment is helping processors to increase and maintain yields while increasing capacity and reduce labor. Foodmate deboning equipment includes semiautomatic and fully automatic equipment for almost any process. From complete systems to stand alone solutions.
Light stimulates feed intake
The biological clock of the broiler can be influenced in order to stim¬ulate feed intake (and thus growth) and to optimize feed conversion rate. Light stimulates (feeding) activity, the longer the photoperiod, the higher the feed intake. However light intensity should be high enough to pass a certain threshold in order to stimulate activity. Apart from light intensity and photoperiod a uniform light spread prevents broiler from clustering, caused by shadow and bright spots. Cluster¬ing causes wet litter, which can lead to footpad lesions and breast bisters. This increases mortality,decreases animal welfare, uniform growth and thus prof¬it. An even light distribution prevents broilers from clustering. The price winning Hato Galli-Lux¬meter represents the first and unique integrated photometer. It measures light according to the higher spectral sensitivity of birds. It delivers a reliable measurement and advanced on-board technologies, as well as simplicity and ease of use.
Airflow control in broiler and layer houses
Fancom is a global leader in the development of climate, feeding and biometric systems for the broiler and layer husbandry industry. A cleverly customised climate benefits the growth and health of your animals and in turn the laying percentage and egg quality. In addition, it will save you feed, water and energy costs. Thanks to a good climate control system, weather conditions and fluctuating temperatures will have no influence on the house climate. You, however, can exert an influence on a sustainable and profitable production process. Fancom has developed the OvoFlow™ climate system especially for layer houses. No matter what housing concept you use, you can rest assured that the climate will be identical throughout the entire house. With OvoFlow™ the airflow can be properly controlled and air will be distributed even in systems with cages and nest boxes. Even the hatches that open in free range houses have no influence on the ventilation pattern. The result is a constant flow of air without any draughts and with always the right air quality for both humans and animals.
Transforming manure into organic fertilizer
Dorset offers machines to dry poultry manure. They transform manure into organic fertilizer, bringing waste to value. Special features are smell reduction and dust filtration. The Dorset drying system has been certified by the government of the Netherlands as a technology that limits fine particle and ammonia emissions. Drying manure provides a better alternative to traditional composting. It prevents all the issues regarding handling and storage of wet manure. With the help of the Dorset Dryer, poultry manure can be dried throughout the year and converted either into organic fertilizer or fuel. The required warm air for the drying process can be derived from ventilation air in poultry houses. Dried poultry manure is an excellent and frequently used plant nutrient, both in a dried form and as a pellet.
Containerized pelleting line with hygienic design
Containerized plants are a unique concept developed by Ottevanger Milling Engineers. Time and money spent on engineering, erection of the plant and project management, can be kept to a minimum for the client, without compromising on high quality standards. The containerized plants are all inclusive turnkey plants in which the main machines are pre-assembled in the production facilities in the Netherlands. The Ottevanger Therminator-Sanitizer reduces salmonella in poultry feed. It is used for thermal treatment of poultry feed, both mash and pellets. It supplies the necessary retention time of 4 minutes or more, and maintains the high temperature to kill the salmonella without affecting vitamins or reducing the nutritional values. For a Mexican client, Ottevanger combined both, a containerized pelleting line, focussed on hygienic design. This pelleting line has a capacity of 30 tons per hour and was commissioned in 2015.
Energy recovery by anaerobic treatment
The waste water produced during the processing of poultry is highly polluted with proteins, fats, carbohydrates, blood, feathers and meat particles. Extensive knowledge of the poultry slaughtering process is essential in the design of an adequate water treatment installation. The method used for the internal transportation of feathers or soft offal determines the pollution fraction in the water. Marel Water Treatment can advise you on treatment systems specifically tailored to your situation. Anaerobic
biological treatment systems for example are ideally suited for highly contaminated waste water flows with little or no free fats. The gas (biogas) can be used as a fuel for amongst others boilers and dual fuel engines to generate electricity. This conversion from industrial waste water to bio fuel makes anaerobic treatment economically a very attractive process.
Roundel brings natural world indoors
In the Roundel housing system chickens are raised with respect for animal welfare and the environment, based on conditions that fulfil all the natural needs of the birds. The box containing eggs from the Roundel is a unique round box, made from biodegradable material which holds 7 eggs: one egg for every day of the week! The Roundel has been designed and equipped to allow all the birds to indulge in their natural behaviour, while also taking into account the fact that practices, such as beak-trimming, will not have to be applied. The Night Quarters provide living space for the primary needs of the hens: eating, drinking, resting and laying eggs. In this area existing technology in the poultry sector, such as laying nests, aviary system etc., have been used. The Day Quarters provide space for the hens to indulge in their natural behaviour such as foraging and dust bathing. The natural world has been brought indoors.