Avida Academy in Medina

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.

Chick Master Seminar and Congress Participation in Guadalajara

A week after the devastating earthquake in Mexico City, the Latin American Congress went on as scheduled in Guadalajara. Our Latin American team hosted a seminar prior the Congress reviewing the technology and benefits of Avida Symphony incubators with Rock controls. We presented the proven benefits of the CC3 and Aria Ventilation systems that are working today in Mexico, Latin America, and around the world. Even after concerns of the previous week, we had great attendance and participation in the seminar. We also were very busy and active seeing many familiar faces that stopped by to visit our booth at the Congress. For Federico Sanchez, our Director of Sales of Latin America, it was a great opportunity to meet many long-term Chick Master customers. With the support of Ing. Armando Medel and Dr. Carolina Diaz, the team spent a busy three days explaining how to achieve a Hatchery in Harmony using Avida or Classic incubators with CC3 or Aria ventilation with energy management. Many also learned ways to upgrade existing equipment with higher efficiency kits such as the GeMeric 3, Zeus RiO Ventilation Controls and other proven upgrade options. We thank all those who attended our seminar and stopped by the booth for spending some time with our Chick Master team.

Anakciano in Philippines Commissions New Hatchery

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

Classics in Rwanda

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.

Mar-Jac Poultry Rocks with New Hatchery

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.

Cairo Poultry Expands Grandparent Hatchery

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.

ChickMaster E-news now is Quarterly

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.

Cargill Service Visit in China

Seven years ago, Cargill decided to invest by building a new hatchery in Anhui, China using ChickMaster Avida setters and hatchers. The hatchery also installed a ventilation system designed by ChickMaster that includes our unique heat recovery package. Since its startup, we have continued to maintain our good relationship with the hatchery team in Anhui by making on-site service visits and by reviewing operations remotely via internet. A few weeks ago, our Hatchery Specialist and Project Manager, Richard Dix, visited with the hatchery to see the current operations and to help with training of new staff. “The hatchery continues to run well with excellent results and great chick quality”, reported Richard. “They have a team that are focused on constant improvement.” He was able to review a few areas to seek further efficiency with the local staff.

Cargill is known worldwide and has several poultry operations around the globe with hatcheries using ChickMaster incubators. The hatchery in China is a fine example of a Hatchery in Harmony.

Brüterei Süd is a Hatchery in Harmony

Wiesenhof  is the largest poultry producer in Germany and a leader in Europe in setting quality standards. In 2016, Wiesenhof completed its total renovation of the Brüterei Süd hatchery in Bavaria using ChickMaster Avida setters, hatchers and ventilation system with heat recovery. After many years of planning, this facility went through an extensive process of converting from multistage incubators to single-stage with the goal of improving chick quality, hatchability and bio-security. Mission accomplished!

On a recent trip to Europe, Chad Daniels and Andrés Fernández visited the hatchery to offer our support to this good customer. They were able to review several areas of their operation to fine-tune and gain even better results in terms of hatchery performance, while reducing operating costs. Using the tools that Avida incubators offer in conjunction with Zeus ventilation controllers and Maestro software, the team continues to gain the efficiencies that define a Hatchery in Harmony.

Picture (left to right): Chad Daniels, ChickMaster; Andreas Tischler, Hatchery Manager; Marek Pichta, Assistant Hatchery Manager; Andrés Fernández, ChickMaster.

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