Working in partnership with U.S.-based sister company NatureForm Hatchery Technologies, Pas Reform has combined 132 egg flat setter tray compatibility with the most advanced SmartPro™ hatchery technologies to engineer a state-of-the-art solution for Aviagen France that sets a benchmark in terms of environmental impact, animal welfare and sustainability.

The Ross PM3 remains an enduring favourite in France - and as Aviagen’s Ross brand celebrates 60 years at the forefront of poultry breeding and genetics, the Grandparent stock hatchery at Champtocé sur Loire will, says hatchery manager Louis du Boberil, become a centerpiece in the company’s plans. According to du Boberil, it will become a model for increasing production, saving energy and operating at peak efficiency and biosecurity, while at the same time increasing hatching capacity by 50 percent to more than 6.5 million broiler breeders per year when it becomes fully operational in the second half of 2016.

Designed for optimum performance, Pas Reform’s web-based SmartCenterPro™ hatchery information system will register precise incubation climate data from NatureForm’s Smart™ NF-12 setters and Pas Reform’s SmartHatchPro™ hatchers, seamlessly integrating and optimizing the entire incubation cycle while enabling personnel to monitor and adjust incubation climates both on and offsite via PCs, smartphones, tablets or their home internet connections.

Energy efficiency and optimum biosecurity are key features of the 3,500m2 hatchery complex. A range of energy-saving features include advanced heat recovery systems, ESM™ Energy Saving Modules on every incubator and regulated controls for every pump, air handling unit and exhaust fan to align energy usage to real-time productivity. Atmospheric pressure control in every room maximizes biosecurity throughout the hatchery’s strictly one-way product flow.


Pas Reform’s Wim Hazekamp led the team responsible for the project.

“The requirement to retain 132 egg flat trays for Aviagen France’s GP hatchery redevelopment created a relevant opportunity for Pas Reform to work with our U.S. partners at NatureForm on this project," said Hazekamp. "The result is a highly integrated, precision-engineered, sustainable hatchery environment, purpose-designed to deliver Aviagen France’s plans for the future.”

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