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®.
This concept was chosen because the barns have free-range pop hole doors. The fresh air enters the barn via air blast tubes with an adjustable distribution plate and exits the barn via the free-range pop hole doors. As a result, warm air leaves the barn passing over the bedding, which prevents any damp areas. If the free-range pop holes are closed, the air blast tubes are turned off and the end wall ventilation is turned on. This creates a negative pressure in the barn and air enters the barn via the air inlet tubes. This process is controlled fully automatically by the Fortica computer.
More and more free-range barns will be built and this concept is, therefore, the ideal ventilation concept for the future.
The FORTICA-PB is a climate and management computer that is especially suited for stables with floor housing for broilers.
The SmartWinch is a 24 V motorised winch, specially developed for opening and closing air inlets.
The FWS-4N can be applied to weigh dry granular animal feed. The feed is supplied through one or multiple supply augers at the top of the feed weigher.
An EMEC egg counter makes it possible to count eggs on a conveyor belt. The eggs do not need to be singulated or oriented in any way, the sensor will accurately count side-by-side eggs.