Orka Instrument Measures Eggshell Strength06 February 2012
US - The Egg Force Reader from ORKA measures the force required to crush a shell and is a direct measure of marketability.
This instrument determines the force required to create an indentation in the shell of an egg. Electronic measurement of the force is displayed on an LCD panel and is printed on a strip. Data identified to source flock and date is transferred to a computerized database using proprietary software.
Studies on the shell breaking force through the life time of the flock can be correlated to downgrades and hence marketable eggs. With the age-related decline in shell quality it is possible to predict an increase in downgrades for a specific flock. This facilitates preemptive corrective action including supplementing diets with bioplexed (organic) manganese, zinc and copper and adjusting calcium and available phosphorus content of diets. A large producer in the US regularly screens flocks and applies the data to assign specific age groups to branded specialty eggs which require a high standard for shell strength.
For further details, please go to ORKA web site.