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Poultry tour shows excellence practices

As part of VIV Europe, a specialist tour to poultry operations in the Netherlands took place last Monday. Over 50 poultry specialists from 22 nationalities, joined the full day excursion to the Lagerwey broiler hatchery near the village of Lunteren. Onwards the group went to the Hatchbrood facilities of Lagerwey and the Rondeel alternative layer house near the village of Barneveld. See highlighs of the tour through the photo gallery below.

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  • Dutch excellence poultry tour

    Lagerwey is a privately owned broiler hatchery, based near the village of Lunteren, the Netherlands.

  • Dutch excellence poultry tour

    On arrival at the hatchery the tour participants were welcomed by Hatchtech staff.

  • Dutch excellence poultry tour

    Biosecurity comes first. All group members had to put on protective clothing and shoes.

  • Dutch excellence poultry tour

    Hatching eggs are supplied by own breeder farms, as well as by contract farmers.

  • Dutch excellence poultry tour

    The Lagerwey hatchery is the very first operation that was installed by Dutch based hatchery supplier Hatchtech, now 20 years ago.

  • Dutch excellence poultry tour

    From the moment the eggs have finished the setter stage, the trays are transferred to the hatchers. But first they need to be checked for fertility.

  • Dutch excellence poultry tour

    Before being transferred from the setters to the hatchers, non fertile eggs are taken out from the setter trays by a Viscon detection device.

  • Dutch excellence poultry tour

    For visitors from 22 different nationalities, the hatchery visit was an impressive experience.

  • Dutch excellence poultry tour

    Lagerwey is one of the bigger, if not the biggest broiler hatchery in the Netherlands. Currently they produce a dazzling 1.8 million day old chicks per week.

  • Dutch excellence poultry tour

    Every day intensive cleaning is the key to keeping the hatchery free from contamination and the machines in good condition.

  • Dutch excellence poultry tour

    The main principle of most systems supplied by Hatchtech, (like in the chick transport truck), is based on laminar airflow, providing air directly and near to the eggs or chicks.

  • Dutch excellence poultry tour

    An impressive cleaning system disinfects and clean the crates after use, making them ready for a next batch of chicks to be suppied to the grower farms.

  • Dutch excellence poultry tour

    Hatchbrood representative Carel van Neervoort explains to the audience all about the HatchBrood system named 1 plus 4 at Lagerwey

  • Dutch excellence poultry tour

    In the Hatchbrood system chicks are kept in units with special cradles to provide feed, fresh water and light, allowing chick a full kick-off.

  • Dutch excellence poultry tour

    The background about the Rondeel alternative layer housing system is explained to the group by technical advisor Tom van de Waarenburg.

  • Dutch excellence poultry tour

    The idea behind Rondeel is based on the principle of allowing chickens indoor and outdoor access and an aviary nesting system.

  • Dutch excellence poultry tour

    In the outdoor section, layers are allowed to bath in dust and woodchips.

  • Dutch excellence poultry tour

    A visit to Rondeel was a special experience, and the final part of the field trip.

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