“Eggs” was a leading theme at VIV Asia. Everything from breeding to egg handling and from housing techniques to hatchery matters was discussed during side seminars. Moreover, in a central display at the floor ground, information on companies that were supporting this project could be found. Many of these companies were positioned around this kind of meeting point.
In ovo vaccination is a new field of business for Sanovo Staalkat. At VIV Asia the company launched their OptiVac in ovo vaccination entry level machine, which is meant for relatively small hatcheries. It is a manually operated machine with a capacity of up to 25,000 eggs per hour. The OptiVac can be configured to setter trays of Petersime, Pas Reform and Jamesway. A peristaltic pump delivers the vaccine. This is adjustable. After each injection every needle and punch are disinfected.
A new device for vaccinating chickens between 12-19 weeks of age was developed by Desvac from France. This so-called Automatic IM allows for precise intra-muscular breast injection of layers and breeders. It shows similarities with their Dovac chick vaccination machine for hatcheries, but the application is clearly different. The machine can do single or double injections. The specially designed mould contains three detection points that must be activated in order to trigger the injection. This ensures correct positioning of the birds and guarantees the correct site of injection. As such, the Automatic IM is a valuable tool to increase the quality of IM injections. Each detection point is connected with a LED, giving direct visual confirmation of the status of the three detection points prior to injection. The machine also has a very minor risk of accidental vaccination to vaccination personnel. Capacity is 700-1,000 birds per hour.
The new Synchro-Hatch from Petersime is a patented bio-response technology that synchronises the hatch profiles to the hatching process. It reduces the so-called “True Hatch Window”, in other words the time from first pipping until full hatch of all eggs. The system monitors the process and automatically detects the vital signals of the developing embryo, by means of sensors, allowing the system to generate the right environment for an optimal hatching process. Properly timed access to feed and water is essential for a healthy start in the life of the chick. With Synchro-Hatch, all chicks hatch within a short time frame and are perfectly timed for take off. Field trials have shown an increase of over 11% on the chick quality scoring system. Synchro-Hatch results in improved chick uniformity and quality as well as good hatchery performance in terms of hatchability and power consumption. It reduces the Hatch Window by up to 30% and concentrates the hatch much nearer to chick takeoff point. This results in great uniformity of hatch.
A new easy-to-maintain drinking system was designed by PTN from New Zealand. The drinker line needs no support system. The cups are directly connected to the polyurethane tube, which is supporting itself. Attaching the cups is very easy my means of a simple click-on system without over-line clamps. That allows easy dismantling of the system for cleaning purposes or changing the cups for a different bird size. Several options are available from replacement of existing lines, to fully automated systems with no manual pressure regulators.
The new Platinum single stage series incubators and hatchers of Jamesway offers two innovative features, a dehumidifier and adjustable fan speed. The dehumidifier is available for the incubator and removes excess moisture without letting in outside air. The variable speed fans are programmable. Depending upon the requirement during the incubation cycle, fan speed can be increased or decreased. Low energy motors only work when they need to work.
Through its director Erich Erber, Austrian feed additive company Biomin officially launched two new products. First, the global launch of Mycofix Secure, the newest addition to the company’s Mycofix range of products to counter mycotoxin problems. It is a mycotoxin-binder, only usable if aflatoxins, FUM or Ergot are present in the feed, predominantly in tropical areas. Based on activated bentonite, the new product will bind in-feed mycotoxins when the feed is being digested by the animal. This way, otherwise harmless mycotoxins are excreted without causing damage. The new PoultryStar product saw its soft launch at IPE in Atlanta in January. Asia is now introduced to this multi-strain probiotic, and it is hoped that registration in Europe will be finished by the end of this year. The probiotic is aimed at creating a better microflora in young birds and newly hatched chicks to protect them against colonisation by harmful bacteria.