The most modern hatchery in the S. Hemisphere
Baiada Poultry, Australia, and HatchTech Incubation
Technology have signed a contract for what they say is the most modern
large-scale hatchery in the Southern Hemisphere.
The new Baiada Hatchery will be located in Tamworth, New South Wales, and
HatchTech Incubation Technology will, among other goods, supply 54 setters with
a capacity of 126,720 eggs, 9 setters with a capacity of 84,480 eggs, and 30
hatchers with a capacity of 42,240 eggs. The hatchery will have a total doc/week
hatching capacity of over 2.1 mln. It is reported that the hatchery will be
operational by the end of September 2008.
The process of selecting incubation equipment involved a trial over a 4
month period conducted by Baiada staff lead by Dr Jorge Ruiz: â€œThe objective was
to achieve optimum performance throughout the complete integration. There are
various methods to measure quality. For this test, Baiada used the in-hatchery
parameters 'hatch of fertile', 'chick length', 'yolk free body mass', and the
field parameters '7 day mortality' and '7 day weight'. We realise that embryo's
demand uniform heating and cooling transfer and appropriate moisture loss to
maintain a good embryo temperature. The better an incubator is able to provide
perfect circumstances, the easier it is to maintain the optimal embryo
Related links:Baiada Poultry
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