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
â€œWe 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,â€ 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,â€ concludes
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
â€œThere are plenty of producers already operating at parent stock and
broiler levels,â€ says Gray â€œBut we believe the gap exists in delivering superior
parent stock to the poultry industry - and we are not looking at any other