Ross Africa to double grandparent hatchery capacity in Zambia

The expansion will include an additional 6 x SmartSetPro™1 and 3 x SmartSetPro™2 Setters in the expanded facility
calendar icon 5 March 2022
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Hosted by Ross Africa at their Chianda broiler hatchery near Lusaka, Royal Pas Reform and the Academy team, have enjoyed the exceptional company and participation of a host of breeder farm and hatchery managers from across the African continent, during 3 successful hatchery managers courses held in 2015, 2017 and 2019. Royal Pas Reform would like to thank Ross Breeders Zambia for hosting such fantastic multi-day events and we look forward to future opportunities to repeat the experience!

Seven years after the opening of Ross Africa’s grandparent hatchery in Mazabuka Zambia, which was installed with Royal Pas Reform technologies, the growth in the Southern and Central African poultry sector has justified the investment to double its capacity.

Ross Africa has now chosen to work with Royal Pas Reform again for this second-phase project, which will increase hatchery production to up to 2 million day-old chicks per week.

The expansion will include an additional 6 x SmartSetPro™1 and 3 x SmartSetPro™2 Setters in the expanded facility. This configuration is most suitable for the production of the AB male and CD female lines.

In addition, a completely new climate control system for both the expansion and existing hatchery buildings will be included in the engineering project. The climate control system will include the SmartView™ monitoring system, which will enable the hatchery staff to monitor both the parameters of the incubators and the total HVAC system.

To ensure that the eggs entering the hatchery are perfectly orientated on the setter trays, a point-down setting line will be installed. The extended storage life that grandparent eggs need to endure will be improved by the addition of automatic turning frames in the egg storage rooms, as well as a SmartHeat™ incubator for SPIDES treatments.

Colin Lindsay, Managing Director of Ross Zambia, comments: We were very pleased with the performance of Royal Pas Reform’s first installation of its state-of-the-art technologies at Mazabuka in 2014. So it was a natural choice for us to work with them again as we expand our enterprise further and continue with our commitment to expansion in the region.”

Laurence Williams

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