Italy’s Occhiodoro Hatchery is further consolidating its position as a supplier of premium eggs, layers and high quality day old chicks, with a renewed investment in Smart hatchery technologies from Pas Reform.
Established by founder Guiseppe Occhiodoro in the ‘60’s, the family owned and run business first adopted Pas Reform incubation technologies more than 50 years ago. Today, the company produces around 5 million varied breed DOC a year, including Red Shaver, Naked Neck Red and Grey, Grey Kabir, Red Kabir, White HI-Y and Red Color Pac, for the domestic market.
The hatchery’s recent investment includes SmartSet Setters with Pas Reform’s unique SmartTray 150 setter tray incorporating Microban antimicrobial technology; a dynamic, web-based SmartCenter hatchery information system, and the upgrade of the existing hatchers with CO2-level controllers, also integrated to deliver real-time data through SmartCenter.
In an operation that today covers c. 35 hectares, Occhiodoro is fully engaged in every aspect of poultry farming, from egg production and breeding, to the production of organic feed, with strict policies to safeguard bio-security throughout the company’s operations.
“We are finding already that automated incubation programmes and the careful monitoring of CO2 levels in our setters is producing significant benefits in terms of chick quality”, says hatchery manager Achille Cristiani.
“SmartCenter makes it very simple to create ideal conditions for every breed-type, while at the same time simplifying and improving hatchery and incubation management processes, thanks to the remote monitoring and intervention that is possible using SmartCenter via a Smartphone or iPad, from any location.”
Occhiodoro Hatchery plans to further increase production with additional SmartSet and SmartHatch incubators in the future.