Italy's Occhiodoro Hatchery is consolidating its position as a supplier of premium eggs, layers and high quality day old chicks with a renewed investment in hatchery technologies from Pas Reform.

Established by Guiseppe Occhiodoro in the 1960s, the family owned and operated business first adopted Pas Reform incubation technologies more than 50 years ago. Today, the company produces around 5 million varied breed day-old-chicks a year, including Red Shaver, Naked Neck Red and Grey, Grey Kabir, Red Kabir, White HI-Y and Red Color Pac, for the domestic market.

The hatchery's recent investment includes SmartSet Setters with Pas Reform's SmartTray 150 setter tray incorporating Microban antimicrobial technology, a web-based SmartCenter hatchery information system, and the upgrade of the existing hatchers with carbon dioxide-level controllers, also integrated to deliver real-time data through SmartCenter.

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In an operation that covers nearly 35 hectares, Occhiodoro works in every aspect of poultry farming, from egg production and breeding, to the production of organic feed, with policies to safeguard bio-security throughout the company's operations.

"We are finding already that automated incubation programs and the careful monitoring of carbon dioxide levels in our setters is producing significant benefits in terms of chick quality", says hatchery manager Achille Cristiani