Chile’s Ariztía chooses SmartPro™ NF incubation to expand its largest hatchery

chile-ariztia-chooses-smartpro-nf-incubationChile’s family-run Ariztía is expanding its largest broiler hatchery at Malvilla, near San Antonio, with SmartPro™ NF series incubators from NatureForm and Pas Reform.

As a leading international food business, Ariztía exports poultry and poultry meat products to more than 20 countries worldwide. The company is now eight years into a programme to upgrade four hatcheries with single-stage incubation technologies, with this latest upgrade following the expansion of a turkey hatchery in Tremolen, another broiler hatchery in Arica and the complete renovation of Aritzía’s Cobb GP hatchery at Lagunillas, also with Smart™ incubation.

The Malvilla hatchery has always used a 54-egg tray for the incubation process which, due to fixed racks in the incubators, has been a labour-intensive, multi-stage process. With the installation of SmartSetPro™ NF series 24 trolley setters and SmartHatchPro™ NF series hatchers, more efficient, single-stage incubation will be introduced without any need to replace the trays, says Rolando Vera, head of hatcheries at Ariztia:

“This is the first step in renovating our entire Malvilla hatchery into a single-stage operation,” he says. “Where we have already introduced single-stage incubation at our other hatcheries, we have seen a marked improvement in hatchability and in the quality of the day-old chicks. We are confident that the Malvilla renovation will also deliver increased efficiencies and the improvements that we are looking for.”

In this first stage at Malvilla, six SmartSetPro™ NF 24 trolley setters will be installed, each with a capacity of 124,416 hatching eggs and 11 SmartHatchPro™ 6 hatchers, with individual capacities of 31,104.

Company owner and president Don Manuel Ariztía concludes: “We have worked very satisfactorily with Pas Reform over the past eight years and we have seen improvements in our incubation systems.

“The fact that the SmartPro™ NF incubation technology can deliver on the 54-egg tray system that we use already in Malvilla is a real advantage for us.”

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