Hubbard SA proud of new state-of-the-art hatchery

20-03-2008 | | |

With the new Hubbard SA hatchery structure starting to take shape and the building project running according to schedule, the future holds great promise, the company believes.

The new state-of-the-art 1,178sqm hatchery, which is under construction at Curry’s Post in the KwaZulu Natal Midlands, South Africa, has been developed cooperatively by the Hubbard EU and Pas Reform design teams. The hatchery design incorporates some revolutionary features that will enhance the whole hatchery process, from the setting of eggs to the shipment of day-old chicks.
Partnerships that add value
“We chose Pas Reform as our equipment partners, not only because they have worked extensively with Hubbard worldwide, but also because they have a thorough understanding of the hatchery environment, practical industry experience – and an in-depth understanding of the processes and integration economies,” says Jim Gray, MD Hubbard SA.
Pas Reform’s single stage SmartSetâ„¢ machines are, says Gray, perfect for Hubbard SA’s requirements. Homogenous temperature distribution and advanced pre-heat functions mean that eggs can be brought on temperature for an even start, so narrowing the hatch window. And by installing different sizes, Hubbard SA is able to mix and match settings to meet customer demands,” concludes Gray.
Designed for expansion
The new hatchery has been designed with the capacity to double in size at phase two, even before phase one is completed. This phase two expansion can be completed without interrupting phase one production in any way – and without compromising hatchery biosecurity.
Focus at the GP level
With controversy around the practice of hatcheries competing with their own customers, Hubbard SA’s strategy is to remain focused solely on delivery at GP level.
“There are plenty of producers already operating at parent stock and broiler levels,” says Gray “But we believe the gap exists in delivering superior parent stock to the poultry industry – and we are not looking at any other aspect.
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