For you, as a laying hen farmer, it is of crucial importance to achieve the proper housing conditions for your hens so they perform optimally. Hotraco Agri helps you create the most optimum conditions and to register and improve your egg production. With our barn automation, you have 24/7 insight into the current situation in all your poultry houses.
We have years of experience with layers in all kinds of housing systems – from cages and group housing to floor and free-range houses. Hotraco Agri is specialised in the automation of poultry houses with aviary and free-range systems. This is more complicated than for cage and group housing. In particular, ventilation, nest control and egg counting require a different approach in aviary and free-range houses. Our automation systems ensure that these processes run smoothly and optimally, too.
As a laying hen farmer you want to know how your laying hens are performing. This requires continuous insight into the egg production. Hotraco Agri egg counters automatically register the number of eggs in your poultry house. That way you are aware of the performance 24/7 and you always have an up-to-date laying percentage. The egg production can also serve as a good indication of the health of your animals.Discover the advantages
With a good climate control system in place, extreme weather conditions and sharp fluctuations in temperatures during the day and at night will have virtually no impact on your barn's climate. This ensures a pleasant and uniform living environment for your laying hens, better egg production and good health of your animals, plus a pleasant working environment.Enrich my knowledge
Automatic feed control reduces feed costs. With Hotraco Agri's automatic feed and water control system, you can be sure your animals are getting the right amount of feed, plus you gain insight into feed consumption and feed costs. Deviations in the water and feed intake of your laying hens are also a good indicator of the health of your animals.Discover the advantages
Each type of housing requires specific lighting that meets the needs of the animals. Light can be used to stimulate the activity of your layers. For example, light promotes feed intake and influences day and night rhythms, which improves animal welfare. Correct light distribution and light intensity are important in this respect. Hotraco Agri can control this for you.Read more about lighting
With the free-range and aviary systems for layers, it is important that the laying hens return to the laying system on time. With our automatic nest control system you can train your animals to go to the right floor and the right nest in the system at exactly the right time. And by automatically increasing the light intensity during the laying period, you prevent out-of-nest eggs.Read more
The Hotraco Egg Flow Control is unique system that saves productions costs by providing a smooth egg flow from the hen house to the packing point. With this user friendly control system, the egg flow rarely needs to stop, leading to reduce shell damage.Discover the advantages
As a poultry farmer, it is important for you to be able to monitor your laying hens' growth closely. Hotraco Agri's animal weighing solutions show you the average weight, uniformity and distribution among the animals in the flock. This gives you a continuously up-to-date picture of how the weight development is progressing. It also provides a good indication of the health of your hens.Enrich my knowledge
Hotraco Agri offers complete automation systems that regulate, control and monitor all your barn processes. These systems are suitable for all types of layer houses – from cage and group housing systems to aviary and free range.
The new 3 floor aviary farm, with 150.000 layers, is controlled by an innovative Fortica® control panel.
Lamberdina's Hoeve is one of the most sustainable poultry farms in the world.
The Hooijdonk family of Huijbergen (NL) recently opened a new laying hen house.
Friday 22 July was open day at the Kievitsbosch Family in Raalte to mark the new free-range poultry barn. This laying hen barn has two levels, with the lower level allowing access to the outdoors. The entire barn has space for 45,000 hens. Frilim fitted out the entire barn along with all the technical systems. Hotraco Agri developed the operating system in the barn and was present at the open day along with Frilim.
At the start of the year, a number of laying hen barns were delivered in Canada by our dealer Walbern Agri-Systems Ltd. Hotraco Agri has used the new Free Flow ventilation concept in these barns. Free Flow is a ventilation concept which has been specially developed for free-range barns. The ventilation in the barn is based on a negative and positive pressure in the barn. This ventilation concept is fully controlled by one switch panel for each barn with an integrated Fortica computer: Fortica®FreeFlow®.
Two new laying hen barns have been built in Hereford, England. These free-range barns are 20 metres wide and 97 metres long and each barn consists of two compartments with 12,000 hens per compartment. Our English dealer PW Maines created this installation with the innovative Fortica® automation system. The touch screen Fortica® computer is integrated into a Hotraco switch panel, which gives the poultry farmer control over the climate, the feed system, the lighting and the egg production. Fresh air enters through inlet vents at the side and the barn air is extracted through the ducts in the roof. Feed registration is done with silo weighing at the two 16-ton silos. Each barn has three egg belts that are controlled by the Fortica® system.
A new laying hen barn has been built in the south of Scotland. This new free-range poultry house, measuring 80 x 15.24 metres, will house 16,000 hens. Here the innovative Fortica® system is integrated in a Hotraco switch panel.
Last month the Sally layer farm in the UK opened his doors. The Campus at Sally Farm will be a place of learning for degree students and apprentices. With 4 identical 16.000 bird poultry houses on each development, it will be a venue for research on a commercial scale where comparative controlled trials can be performed. All houses are equipped with the innovative Fortica® system and the new MiteAlert. Fortica® provides poultry farmers with important information about the performance of their animals, such as an insight into the laying percentage and the number of eggs. With the MiteAlert® the farm manager can get and keep track of the size and development of a red mite population in the house, and determine a treatment moment on that basis. This Farm will be a facility for the UK poultry industry, a template for modern egg production and is the future of high poultry welfare.
Hotraco Agri recently put a new organic laying hen house in operation in Germany. The 12,000 hens housed there all have access to outdoor free range. Despite this free range access, Hotraco's automation system maintains an optimum climate in the house. In addition to the climate, animal and feed weighing, nest control and lighting are also automated and perfectly integrated with each other.