In-ovo vaccination for enhanced biosecurity

21-05-2014 | | |
In-ovo vaccination for enhanced biosecurity
In-ovo vaccination for enhanced biosecurity

The new Vaxxinator 1000 of Sanovo Vax ?precisely injects vaccines into hatching eggs through its advanced single-needle design. This guarantees enhanced biosecurity.

By Ad Bal

Poultry production around the world continues to expand in the face of a recovering economy and increasing consumer demand. But alongside this growth, commercial hatcheries are facing increased market competition, fluctuating cost pressures and challenges to improve disease prevention. In order to tackle these challenges, Sanovo Vax introduced the new ‘Vaxxinator 1000’ in-ovo vaccination system. This is an advanced device, designed to improve overall production by minimising operational downtime and improving biosecurity, while providing maximum vaccine viability during the delivery.

“We launched Sanovo Vax as more than just an equipment line. Our goal is to provide the poultry industry with innovative technology and reliable service, while keeping in mind the necessity of cost 
containment” said Patrick O’Haver, VP of sales of Sanovo Vax. The Vaxxinator 1000 fully automated system affords broiler 
producers a biosecure solution that will increase hatchability, raise production and contain costs through continuous operation, improved safety and enhanced sanitation. Manufactured and serviced by Rame-Hart, the Vaxxinator 1000 system is backed by a history of high quality engineering, innovation and over 50 years’ experience in the egg industry. As a technological pioneer in the egg inoculating and harvesting industry, Rame-Hart first introduced automated egg inoculation in 1971. AviTech originally developed the Sanovo Vax technologies that have since been re-engineered by Rame-Hart for the January launch.

Ideal delivery

The Vaxxinator 1000 system features technologies that consistently provide ideal vaccine delivery, zero-egg-handling stress and reduced risk of contamination.

“The Vaxxinator 1000 system was developed around three core hatchery objectives: Prevention, Protection and Production,” says Rafael Correa, global relations. “Our in-ovo technologies are designed with the purpose of preventing disease while protecting the embryo, allowing you to ‘Count your chicks before they hatch’.

“Designed to thrive under demanding hatchery conditions, the Vaxxinator 1000 system is robust, easy to clean and disinfect,” Correa continues. “The system’s features are designed to maximise biosecurity, including full-cycle disinfection of needles, injectors and gripper plates following each cycle. Furthermore manifolds ensure the delivery of sanitation fluid to each injector. The intuitive battery power source enhances hatchery safety, eliminating electrical hazards from corroded electrical outlets and unnecessary power cords stretched across wet floors, which can cause dangerous power surges and substantial damage to electronics resulting in costly operational delays.”

How it works

Incubating and hatching trays are either manually loaded, or in an in-line configuration, automatically inserted into the Vaxxinator 1000. The injection assembly is lowered onto the positioned eggs. A single needle pierces the shell and delivers the vaccine in one efficient step. The single needle design reduces friction and vaccine turbulence. Using a high precision vaccine delivery system, each egg is injected with a precise volume of vaccine. This volume can be adjusted from 0.05 to 0.2 ml. Vaccinated eggs are automatically 
transferred to hatching baskets. The transfer system does not create negative pressure inside eggs, thus reducing the risk of cross contamination. Needles and injectors are thoroughly disinfected after each 

[Source: World Poultry magazine Vol 30 nr 3, 2014]

Ad Bal Freelance journalist