Do you want to improve your animals' feed conversion? And do you want to know about possible deviations in feed consumption so you have an indication of the health of your animals? Hotraco Agri helps poultry farmers automate the best feeding strategy. Through automatic feed control, our systems ensure that the right amount of feed reaches the animals in the barn at the right time. This gives you daily insight into feed consumption and feed costs.
Automatic feed control and daily insight into feed consumption is made possible by Hotraco Agri's silo weighing system. The system automatically sends the right amount of feed from the silo to the hoppers in the house. The amount of feed is determined based on the number of grams per animal per day. To accurately determine the amount of feed in the silo, we use weighing cells under the silo. This gives you insight into the daily feed consumption, and you know when you need to order feed again.
Before the feed goes into the barn, it is first sent from the silo to an electronic feed weigher. This is the most accurate method of feed control. It is also the perfect solution if you want to mix several types of feed. The feed weigher weighs the portions precisely and maintains the correct mixing ratio of several types of feed.
Do you want to keep your animals in optimum condition, to achieve the maximum number of hatching eggs and a high fertilisation rate? You can, with Hotraco Agri's hopper feeding control. It was specially developed for breeders and pullets. With this control, you can do more than just ration the feed; the system can also control the amount of feed and feed composition for cocks and hens separately.
With Hotraco's automatic feed control system it does not matter which feeding system you use in the barn: feed chains, feed pans or a spin feeder that spreads the feed over the litter. The choice is yours!
Do you want to improve the uniformity of the flock? Then it is important that all the animals in the barn eat about the same amount. Hotraco Agri has developed a lift control with this in mind that raises and lowers the feed lines. The feed lines are filled in the raised position and are then all lowered again at the same time. This ensures that all the animals can start eating at the same time. The position of the feed and drink lines can also be adjusted to the age of the animals.
Drinking water is just as important for your animals as feed. With our automation system, you can keep a close eye on the water consumption and you are warned about any deviations.
With Hotraco Agri's automatic feed and water control system, you can be sure your animals are getting the right amount of feed and that you gain insight into feed consumption and feed costs. This system also helps you improve feed conversion and gives you a better indication of the health of your animals.
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 first chickens have arrived in the new broiler house in Poland. This brand new broiler house with 66400 broilers is completely controlled by the all-in-one Fortica® system.
In Spain, three new breeder houses are being built. The animals will be fed under control of the innovative Fortica® system with special hopper feeding regulation for breeders. With this control, the poultry farmer can not only ration the feed, he can also control the amount of feed and feed composition for cocks and hens separately. This makes it possible to ensure the optimum condition of the animals and achieve a maximum number of hatching eggs and high fertilization rate.
The Hooijdonk family of Huijbergen (NL) recently opened a new laying hen house.
The user-friendly Fortica® system controls four broiler houses, with a total of 110,000 animals, at the Mekkes farm in Geesbrug, located in the province of Drenthe in the Netherlands. Controlling all stable processes from one reliable system is ideal, according to the broiler farmer Mekkes. The Fortica® system controls the climate, feed, water, animal weighing and lighting in all the houses. Good climate control really makes a difference, says Mekkes. This is reflected in the health and growth of the animals.
In Belgium, two new breeder barn installations have been completed by our Belgian dealer Ventilec.
Hotraco Agri attended the Open Days of a new Broiler Breeder Project with partner Draper Layers in the UK. This project is called Hazelsfield Farm and is located in Whimple – Devon. This new farm with 4 breeder sheds is controlled by the innovative Fortica® system. So that the 8000 birds on each house have the perfect environment to achieving a maximum number of hatching eggs and a high fertilization percentage.
In Devon, in the southwest of England, our dealer Draper Ventilation has delivered a new breeding farm for broilers. The farm consists of four barns, each measuring 115.8 metres by 13.7 metres and containing 9,000 hens and 900 cocks. Hotraco Agri designed the switch panel and delivered the ventilation chimneys which control the climate in these barns.
The Swedish brothers Christer Berghem and Martin Andersson and their families started to raise Free Range chickens during the autumn of 2015. The Stora Lund farm has been in their family since the brother’s grandfather and father bought it back in the nineteen fifties. They used to produce pigs, but they stopped doing so about ten years ago because of the economic situation. This is when they decided to devote their time to arable farming and started to grow potatoes and wheat. They went to a meeting on organic farming last spring at which they were introduced to the idea of holding free range chickens. As they still had the old pig houses they decided to give this a go as the idea behind the concept was based on using existing buildings.
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.
In the middle of 2016, our Irish dealer delivered a broiler house for the Cowan family in North Ireland. This farm consists of two sheds 280 x 66 feet, each shed holds 28,500 broiler birds. The two poultry sheds are connected by store rooms. This farm is located In Carrickfergus, Bellahill road.
At the start of the year, our Hungarian dealer Poultry-Tech Ltd delivered broiler houses for McDonalds. These broiler houses are extremely modern and innovative. The owner of this company has used the latest technology to reduce the impact on the environment and to improve production and the well-being of the animals. This modern, innovative and advanced approach has led to this company becoming one of McDonalds' Flagship Farms.
Hotraco Agri took part in the development of a project that is unique in the Netherlands, the Poultry Innovation Lab. The project was initiated by the Poultry Expertise Centre and was carried out in collaboration with the business sector, the education sector and the government. The lab provides a practical learning environment for students and professionals alike. A practical study is taking place into the configuration of stables, climate control, food safety and sustainability. During the course of the study, the focus will lie upon innovative livestock housing concepts.
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®.
On Tuesday, 13 June 2017, the new poultry barn was opened at the Aeres University of Applied Sciences in Dronten. This brand new laying-hen barn is the barn of the future, with a focus on research and education, and will be run entirely by students. This laying-hen barn was designed according to the Beter Leven Keurmerk [Better Living Certification] 3-star guidelines, and therefore meets the strictest requirements that Dierenbescherming [Animal Protection] sets for this certification. The barn has a covered outdoor area and is controlled by a Fortica management computer. In total, this research barn provides space for 1,000 laying hens.
A new turkey house in Ontario, Canada has been automated with the Fortica® system. This modern farm is going to house 30,000 chicks. The chicks will stay in this house for about 5-6 weeks. With the innovative Fortica® system the owner has control over all turkey house processes, such as climate, animal weighing, feed and water. The touchscreen Fortica® is connected to the network and can be operated from a smartphone and tablet via the user-friendly Fortica app. With the Fortica app you can check and change all the settings, from anywhere. This enables the user to respond adequately to acute changes in the turkey house.
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 broiler house in Belgium has been automated with the touch screen Fortica® system. This barn, 110 by 24 metres, is located in Wallonia, just outside Charleroi. The barn houses 58,000 chicks for a period of 6 weeks. The innovative Fortica® system, which is integrated into a switch panel, gives poultry farmers total control over their barn processes. Among other things, the system provides a perfect climate, good air distribution, LED lighting, feed weighing, water consumption registration and controls the winches for the feed and drink lines. The switch panel is also equipped with an extensive ACA-10N alarm system.
Two barns for breeding laying hens in South Korea have been equipped with Hotraco automation. The well-known ORION poultry system was installed by our local dealer. Each barn, 80 metres long by 16 metres wide, houses 200,000 animals. The ORION system regulates optimal ventilation in the barn. The air inlets, fans and curtains are perfectly attuned with each other and the ORION system uses silo weighing to regulate and record feed consumption in the barn.
The official opening of two brand new broiler houses for the Boerma family was held on 21 July 2017. They are being used to house 46,000 slower-growing broiler chickens. These modern barns are provided with the latest layout and systems. Some features of the barn include daylight provision in the side facade with automatic black out curtain, pop holes in the side facade, and heat exchangers for each barn. Hotraco Agri designed switch panels with the Fortica® system to control all processes in the broiler houses, from climate control, ventilation and lighting to feed and water control. The heat exchanger is also completely integrated into the Fortica® system. The Fortica® touchscreen gives you quick, clear insight into every process, and making changes has never been easier. The Boerma family ran the first cycle in the new barn in May.
Our English dealer has automated two new broiler houses with the innovative Fortica® system. All the barn processes, including ventilation, lighting, animal weighing, feed and water registration, are controlled from a central switch panel. These processes can be adjusted quickly and easily with the Fortica system’s user-friendly touch screen. This gives poultry farmers a clear overview of their operational processes.
A large project in China was recently finished for 5 farms with 6 broiler houses each. Each barn houses 55,680 broiler chickens (to max 2.5 kg). The barn was designed with a cage batteries in 5 rows with 4 levels. Hotraco Agri designed switch panels with the Fortica® system to control all processes in the broiler houses from climate control, ventilation, lighting, animal weighing and feed and water control to manure removal. Poultry farmers can view and adjust these processes quickly and easily with the Fortica system’s user-friendly touch screen. This farm is also provided with the Fortlink®, which enables a secure connection with a PC, tablet or smartphone. The Fortlink® collects data from all the connected barns, displays it on a screen and forwards it to a connected PC or to the Fortica app via the internet. The user-friendly Fortica app enables poultry farmers to read off and control the Fortica system remotely using a smartphone or tablet.
This year broiler farmer Ramon Harmes of Klazienaveen in the province of Drenthe (NL) has upgraded from the ORION® system to the new touch screen Fortica® system. The broiler house systems were installed by poultry house automation specialist Kosse Staltechnieken, which the Harmes family has relied on for the past 25 years. The Harmes had four broiler houses, but they recently razed two to make room for two brand ones with the innovative new Fortica® system. The other two barns are still in use and have been converted to Fortica®. Two additional large broiler houses are currently being built. In total, the agricultural enterprise will have space to house 248,500 broilers, with the day-old chicks being held 6 to 8 weeks. The goal is transformation into a sustainable poultry farm. In keeping with this plan, electricity is generated by solar panels and the barns will be heated with energy produced by burning manure.
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 automated broiler farms in the northern province of Jilin, China. Each farm consists of four cage barns, and each barn has six rows and four levels with about 85,000 broilers. The climate control is fully automated, using the Orion systems. These systems can be operated remotely from a smartphone, tablet or PC.
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.
In August 2014, dealer CFM Système from Québec, Canada commissioned a new broiler house. It is a stable of 400 x 64 ft in total which houses 36,000 animals. All processes are controlled by the Orion-PB computer for broilers which is integrated in a control cabinet.