Pas Reform Smart single-stage incubation is proving its value to expanding hatcheries around the world, according to the company. Hatchery managers are reporting success in South Africa, Switzerland and Brazil.

Field Results: Darling Fresh Chickens, Darling, Western Cape, South Africa

SmartSet incubators, SmartHatch hatchers 

Darling Fresh hatchery manager Robin Lindt has received a Cobb award for outstanding hatchability figures on consecutive Cobb 500 breeder flocks. Four consecutive flocks, T19, T20, T21 and T22 averaged hatchabilities (from 25-62 weeks) of 88.5, 88.6, 87.9 and 88 percent of total eggs set. These flocks hatched on average 10 weeks above 90 percent of eggs set. Lindt attributes this success to "a combination of good hatchery management, collaborating with Pas Reform Academy and good equipment, as a reliable recipe for the best results." Darling Fresh hatchery has been equipped with Smart setters and hatchers since 2007.

Field Results: Erb hatchery, Oberdiesbach, Switzerland 

SmartSet incubators, SmartHatch hatchers 

Built and operational in 2005, Erb hatchery produces day-old broilers for the Bell Integration. Over the course of the last five years, the hatch of transferred eggs in the breeder flocks average 96.5, 96.2, 95.9, 96.2 and 96.3 percent. These results are repeated on a weekly basis, with little change throughout the year. With average first week mortality below 0.5 percent, Erb hatchery is setting standards for uniformity.

Field Results: Agrodanieli, Tapejara, RS, Brazil

SmartSetPro setters, SmarthatchPro hatchers, HVAC system 

Commissioned in 2010, the Agrodanieli hatchery incubates mainly Cobb eggs and results are, says hatchery manager Clovis Gottardi, always above breed standard. "Results are superior to multi-stage operations and have exceeded our expectations in terms of hatchability percentage and chick quality," he says, "with post hatch performance in terms of European Production Index outperforming flocks hatched before the new hatchery went into operation."