Dekalb Layer Breeder producer Serfontein Kuikens will extend its collaboration with Pas Reform Hatchery Technologies this year, with the expansion of hatchery operations at Potchefstroom, to meet growing demand for the Dekalb Amber Link breed in South Africa.
A new contract was agreed during the South African Poultry Association’s Annual Show, held recently at Emperors Palace in Johannesburg. Present for Serfontein Kuikens’ were directors Jan Serfontein Snr and Jan Serfontein Jnr, with Bouke Hamminga, Pas Reform’s director of International sales and business development, and Pas Reform’s South African representatives, also a family concern, Jankees Sligcher and his son Adrian.
Serfontein Kuikens’ hatchery expansion will occur in two phases. The first, coming into operation by the end of November this year, will include three SmartSet 115 Setters with one SmartSet 38 and six SmartHatch Hatchers. In the second phase, two further SmartSet 115 Setters will be added, bringing the hatchery’s total capacity to 8.8 million pullets per annum.
The two companies have worked together successfully, says Jan Serfontein Snr, for seven years. “From our first project with Pas Reform, we saw evidence of a knowledgeable partner, that puts in the time and the effort to make sure any project they are involved in is a success.
Jankees Sligcher joined Pas Reform in 2004, as the Serfontein’s were placing their first order with Pas Reform. He has worked through every phase of the company’s hatchery developments since. “The Serfonteins set out to bring the Amber Link breed back to South Africa, and this latest expansion is proof they are succeeding more convincingly every year.
“This next phase marks another milestone in this journey, and we are very pleased to be a part of it.”