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Ovobrand Argentina setting the pace

Situated near the Argentine capital Buenos Aires are the Ovobrand premises. This recently founded company with its brand new facilities, is an integrated operation, fully aiming at industrial egg processing. They have everything under control, from rearing and feed manufacturing to packing the processed end products. Thus, they can guarantee top quality to their highly demanding customers around the world. Photo report of a brand new facility which is setting the standard of the future of egg processing.

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  • The premises are located on an area of about 1,300 hectares, mainly cropland.

    The premises are located on an area of about 1,300 hectares, mainly cropland.

  • The objective of founder and president Claudio Farina was to start a state of the art operation in the processing business, enabling Ovobrand to work globally and making them less dependent on just the Argentine market.

    The objective of founder and president Claudio Farina was to start a state of the art operation in the processing business, enabling Ovobrand to work globally and making them less dependent on just the Argentine market.

  • Ovobrand have their own feed plant, which is located before the sanitation gate. Thus, trucks will be prevented from entering the premises.

    Ovobrand have their own feed plant, which is located before the sanitation gate. Thus, trucks will be prevented from entering the premises.

  • Every vehicle entering the premises, will be cleaned thoroughly by means of high water pressure.

    Every vehicle entering the premises, will be cleaned thoroughly by means of high water pressure.

  • The rearing houses are located at a safe distance from the layer houses. Apart from another sanitation gate, a fence is protecting the house from unwanted visitors.

    The rearing houses are located at a safe distance from the layer houses. Apart from another sanitation gate, a fence is protecting the house from unwanted visitors.

  • Currently Ovobrand has two facilities for rearing 130,000 pullets each. All birds are Hy-Line W36. Mortality during rearing is only 1.68% in the worst case. Also 1.22% was achieved.

    Currently Ovobrand has two facilities for rearing 130,000 pullets each. All birds are Hy-Line W36. Mortality during rearing is only 1.68% in the worst case. Also 1.22% was achieved.

  • Biosecurity measures include traps to control rodents and keep them away from the houses.

    Biosecurity measures include traps to control rodents and keep them away from the houses.

  • The lawn surrounding the rearing houses is permanently kept very short. This is another measure to keep rodents and other intruders away from the houses.

    The lawn surrounding the rearing houses is permanently kept very short. This is another measure to keep rodents and other intruders away from the houses.

  • CEO Dr. Gustavo von Bassenheim: “We focus on biosecurity as we aim to produce according to the highest standards”.

    CEO Dr. Gustavo von Bassenheim: “We focus on biosecurity as we aim to produce according to the highest standards”.

  • Currently Ovobrand have 10 layer houses with a capacity of 128,000 birds each.

    Currently Ovobrand have 10 layer houses with a capacity of 128,000 birds each.

  • Ovobrand is expanding its facilities with five more houses, thus creating a total capacity of close to two million birds.

    Ovobrand is expanding its facilities with five more houses, thus creating a total capacity of close to two million birds.

  • The layer houses were supplied by Big Dutchman from Germany and by Facco from Italy.

    The layer houses were supplied by Big Dutchman from Germany and by Facco from Italy.

  • Feed is supplied by their own trucks. These never leave the premises and only drive in between the feed mill and the rearing and layer houses.

    Feed is supplied by their own trucks. These never leave the premises and only drive in between the feed mill and the rearing and layer houses.

  • All relevant flock data and housing conditions are computer controlled through the BD and Facco management programs.

    All relevant flock data and housing conditions are computer controlled through the BD and Facco management programs.

  • An inline conveyor belt runs through and in between the layer houses, thus connecting these to the adjacent processing plant.

    An inline conveyor belt runs through and in between the layer houses, thus connecting these to the adjacent processing plant.

  • Depending on the demand, eggs may alternatively be sold domestically as table eggs. In that case a special device in the belt is taking them to the grading and packing room.

    Depending on the demand, eggs may alternatively be sold domestically as table eggs. In that case a special device in the belt is taking them to the grading and packing room.

  • The grading and packing room allows storage capacity for 16,000 cases of table eggs.

    The grading and packing room allows storage capacity for 16,000 cases of table eggs.

  • Candling is essential in order to minimise enclosures to end up in the process.

    Candling is essential in order to minimise enclosures to end up in the process.

  • Upon arrival in the plant, all eggs which are taken to processing, are washed.

    Upon arrival in the plant, all eggs which are taken to processing, are washed.

  • During the egg breaking, white and yolk are separated. Also whole eggs are being processed at Ovobrand.

    During the egg breaking, white and yolk are separated. Also whole eggs are being processed at Ovobrand.

  • The egg processing line has been built by Sanovo from Denmark.

    The egg processing line has been built by Sanovo from Denmark.

  • Because of the very high demands which meet international standards, every stage in the process is taking place in a separate and closed room.

    Because of the very high demands which meet international standards, every stage in the process is taking place in a separate and closed room.

  • In order to avoid contaminants reaching the final product through the air, pressure in the various rooms differs. The highest pressure is in the final room.

    In order to avoid contaminants reaching the final product through the air, pressure in the various rooms differs. The highest pressure is in the final room.

  • Sewage water of the plant ends up in Artificial Dry Swamps, surrounding the Ovobrand facilities.

    Sewage water of the plant ends up in Artificial Dry Swamps, surrounding the Ovobrand facilities.

  • The end products are packed and sent to customers around the world.

    The end products are packed and sent to customers around the world.

  • Quality and characteristics of the end products are measured in Ovobrand’s own laboratory.

    Quality and characteristics of the end products are measured in Ovobrand’s own laboratory.

  • Samples of the various end products are kept for internal testing and quality control.

    Samples of the various end products are kept for internal testing and quality control.

  • A brand new, state of the art facility, enables Ovobrand to be a specialist producer of high quality egg products.

    A brand new, state of the art facility, enables Ovobrand to be a specialist producer of high quality egg products.

  • Ovobrand: Argentine supplier of premium quality, processed egg products for the global market.

    Ovobrand: Argentine supplier of premium quality, processed egg products for the global market.

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