Chick Master organized a Hatchery in Harmony seminar in Jakarta on November 16th. With more than 100 in attendance, the seminar continued to support our commitment to educate our customers and empower them with the necessary tools to utilize our products and services to their full potential.
In collaboration with our local Sales Representative in Indonesia, PT Gemilang, we were able to engage and discuss with current and future customers the objectives of a quality incubation process, and how our Avida and Energy Management Systems achieve those parameters. We were very pleased with the overwhelming turnout and wish to thank all participants for making it such a great event.
During the week of November 13, we were excited and pleased to host two hatchery seminars in the Philippines. The first seminar had over 100 attendees from a wide range of Philippine companies. Our second event was organized for one of our oldest customers in the Philippines, San Miguel Corporation. The all-day event included presentations by our Chick Master Hatchery Support Team about using our latest technology to maximize hatchery performance. Richard Dix and Rui Silva discussed the use of the Avida Symphony, ROCK controls, CC3, and Aria systems to obtain a healthy chick, uniform hatches, and well ventilated facilities in tropical areas using Chick Master ventilation products. Dr. Mike Wineland showed the needs of the embryo during the incubation process to better understand the objectives in single stage incubation.
Our Master of Ceremonies, David Buessing, helped host the Chick Master events along with our Sales Representative in the Philippines, Royal Veterinary Services. It was a very educational day and a great way to share with our good friends in the Philippines the tools we have to offer with Chick Master incubation and ventilation systems.
We recently did some remodeling and organizing in our Medina USA offices. To put working groups together, we moved all of the Customer Service Group to be sitting together with new furniture and surroundings. We think this will allow for better information exchange and ability to give better service to our customers. This includes a team dedicated to Latin America that all speak Spanish as well as others who work with sales managers in other territories around the world. We also moved our Engineering Group to a new area of the building to give them more privacy and space. The objective was to create a better work area for all within their areas of responsibilities. The factory in Medina was built in 1976 and today has over 100 people dedicated to the sales, service and manufacturing of incubators, replacement parts, and our unique ventilation products manufactured in Bridgwater, England.
During the week of October 2nd, we held our Avida Academy to offer training to 17 different individuals from Chick Master customers around the world. Their companies have recently invested in new Avida incubators. As part of our commitment to training, we include the invitation to attend this three day school about embryology, incubation process, hatchery ventilation, routine maintenance and equipment management. There was a practical session on the use of Maestro software to maximize hatchery performance. We had several presenters during the school that was organized and led by Chad Daniels of Chick Master. On the program was Dr. Mike Wineland, a hatchery consultant and well respected professor of poultry science, Dr. Carolina Diaz, Richard Dix, Rui Silva, Cody Terry, and Paul Rummer, all members of the Chick Master team from USA, Latin America, Europe, and Asia. They each gave presentations as part of this program and we thank them for their important contribution.
On the final day, the group visited a hatchery to see the Avida Symphony with Rock controls in operation. There was an egg breakout session to learn the importance of recognizing the signs of incubation that one can learn by doing this regularly. The group was also able to see a new CC3 ready to be put into use to manage the room environments and reduce energy costs with heat recovery.
There was great comradery with the group both during the daily agenda and in the evening activities that included some magical entertainment. We thank those that participated in the Academy and took the time to spend most of the week with us at our Ohio home. We feel that this event is one that is an important and valuable component in making the investment in Chick Master Avida systems successful and in obtaining a Hatchery in Harmony.
The growth and demand for chicken continues in Southeast Asia. Anakciano Inc. based in Cagayan de Oro has just inaugurated its new hatchery using Avida setters and hatchers. After careful study and comparisons, the decision was made to use Avida S model setters with 18 trolleys and Avida hatchers. “We worked closely with Anakciano to design this new hatchery based on their desire for top quality chicks”, commented Roy Santos, Chick Master Sales Representative in the Philippines, “They have been a great partner and it shows in this new hatchery.”
After committing to the Avida systems, Marilyn Unabia Martinez came to Medina, Ohio in the fall of 2016 to participate in our Avida Academy. During the three day event, Marilyn heard not only from Chick Master technical staff but also from other attendees about the value and benefits of a CC3 Ventilation System. Four weeks later, Anakciano committed to putting in a CC3 to manage the room environments. The hatchery has the combination of Avida single stage incubators and the CC3 to manage the room environments that reduces hatchery operating costs while producing excellent quality and quantity chicks. We appreciate the confidence that Anakciano has with Chick Master and congratulate them for having a Hatchery in Harmony.
Photo:- Anakciano team with Richard Dix, Chick Master Hatchery Specialist, after commissioning the CC3
With more than 30 years working with Chick Master and many generations of incubation equipment later, George’s Inc. now has a Hatchery in Harmony with their new Avida Symphony machines with ROCK controls in it’s state-of-the-art Cassville hatchery located in Cassville, Missouri.
Uzima Chicken Limited has just completed the installation of new Classic Setters and CVH Hatchers in its Rwanda hatchery. The new incubators have the GeM controls that offer user-friendly features and is designed to maintain the optimal incubation environment.
The installation was supervised by our area representative, Hatchery Equipment Suppliers in South Africa. Our sales representative, John Futter Jr., told us, “This new hatchery is another example of the growth of poultry in Southern Africa. The installation went quickly and on schedule. The incubators are doing what our customer expected when choosing Chick Master systems, producing high quality chicks.”
Many thanks to Uzima Chicken Limited for its decision to work with Chick Master and the opportunity to be a part of its Hatchery in Harmony.
The planning of a new hatchery takes time and involves many choices. When Mar-Jac Poultry decided on its new hatchery in Alabama, they selected our Avida Symphony 24-trolley setters holding 126,000 eggs and our two-zone Avida hatchers each with 63,000 egg capacity. Both setters and hatchers include our latest ‘ROCK’ controls.
When the hatchery was in the planning stages we were still in the development stage of our new ROCK control. Originally the decision was to use our Genesis IV controls that have been used on our equipment for many years. After completing our testing, we showed the Mar-Jac team the benefits that ROCK has to offer. Many months later, the hatchery is in the installation phase and these new setters and hatchers are being built for production later in 2017. Bill Boden, Service Manager for ChickMaster, commented, “We have been planning this for many months and the Mar-Jac team have been great to work with. We have our technicians working on-site daily and also support the installation team with different people from engineering. This is a really big hatchery and we want to meet the expectations and trust that Mar-Jac has placed in ChickMaster.”
Lou Sharp, Vice President for North American Sales, stated, “We have a number of new hatcheries and expansions worldwide being built this year with Avida Symphony setters and hatchers with ROCK controls. I was impressed how quickly our customers decided to embrace this new technology and I am excited to see the Mar-Jac hatchery being built. It will be one of, if not the, most modern hatchery in the US once it is completed.”
We thank Mar-Jac for their many years of support of ChickMaster and its decision to build a Hatchery in Harmony with Avida Symphony incubation systems.
Several years ago, Cairo Poultry built a new hatchery to produce parent stock with Avida setters and hatchers. Earlier this year, the company completed the expansion of this hatchery with new Avida Symphony setters and hatchers. They had previously visited our facilities in England and after reviewing the Symphony model they liked the upgrades and improvements implemented with these models, including the S-turning system (floor mounted by section). During this process our Sales Representative in Egypt, Commercial Group, assisted the hatchery team of Cairo Poultry. In addition to the incubators we also provided the ventilation for their expansion that is controlled by Zeus Ventilation Controllers.
The expansion was recently commissioned and is now producing top quality parent stock to provide for their customers. The hatchery uses the Avida Symphony ASy8-165 setters, each with a capacity of 42,240 eggs, and AH128 hatchers with Genesis IV controls connected to Maestro. We thank Cairo Poultry for their long-term relationship with ChickMaster and congratulate them on their continued growth and expansion to service the Egyptian market.
In the past year, we sent out our E-news on a monthly basis. The subject matter has ranged from technical articles about embryology, ways to improve hatchery performance, and news about recent projects we have commissioned and new products we introduced. We want to keep the same focus, but not as frequently so that we have more to share in each edition. The E-news will now be issued on a quarterly basis. Our last edition was in May and is available as well as all previous editions on this website. The next E-news will be ready for distribution in September. Look for it on our website, or if you have signed up to receive it, in your inbox.