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Feed and water control

Automatic feed control reduces feed costs

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.

Feed registration with silo weighing

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.

Feed registration with electronic feed weigher

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.

Hopper feeding for breeders

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.

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Automatic feed control for every feeding system

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!

Lift control of feed and drink lines

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.

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Water monitoring

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.

Benefits of good feed and water control

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.

Accurate feed dosing
Insight into feed and water consumption
Improved feed conversion
Monitoring current silo content
Uniformity of the flock
Health indication

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Fortica successfully applied in Swedish free range chicken farm

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.

Netherlands15 Two new modern broiler houses

Two new modern broiler houses

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.

China4 30 broiler houses in China

30 broiler houses in China

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.

Netherlands1 Broiler farmer upgrades from Orion to Fortica system

Broiler farmer upgrades from Orion® to Fortica® system

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.

England1 Layer Farm in the UK

Layer Farm in the UK

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.