Italy's Occhiodoro Hatchery is looking to expand its position as a supplier of premium eggs, layers and high-quality day-old chicks with a renewed investment in Smart hatchery technologies from Pas Reform.
The hatchery's recent investments include 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 CO2-level controllers, also integrated to deliver real-time data through SmartCenter.
"We are finding already that automated incubation programs and the careful monitoring of CO2 levels in our setters is producing significant benefits in terms of chick quality," said hatchery manager Achille Cristiani. "SmartCenter makes it very simple to create ideal conditions for every breed-type, while at the same time simplifying and improving hatchery and incubation management processes, thanks to the remote monitoring and intervention that is possible using SmartCenter via a Smartphone or iPad, from any location."
Occhiodoro Hatchery said it plans to further increase production with additional SmartSet and SmartHatch incubators in the future.