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THE BEST LIVE BIRD HANDLING SYSTEM MONEY CAN BUY

THE BEST LIVE BIRD HANDLING SYSTEM MONEY CAN BUY

Poultry processors worldwide turn to Meyn for the perfect fitting solution for their live bird handling process. Meyn has the most versatile portfolio, including state-of-the-art automatic trailer (un)loading and other unique solutions. The new Meyn Grande drawer system is now the best-in-class with the highest return on investment for poultry processors all over the world.

Meyn anticipates on the different demands around the globe. These demands are changing rapidly because of changing regulations and customer demands. At Meyn, a dedicated team gathers global info and works together with poultry processors, scientists and NGO’s to learn from their experiences. Nowadays, the key challenges in live bird handling are animal welfare and bio-security in addition to capacity and reliability.

ANIMAL WELFARE

Loading birds at the farm is done manual and/or automatic. Both methods require good trained people and equipment to enable careful and efficient loading. It is important that the loading opening of the transport module is wide and open so that the birds can enter without hitting the sides. After loading a compartment, a final check ensures that the birds are sitting upright before closing the compartment.

When using systems with one large compartment per level, loading must wait after each level filled and checked. With two large drawers per level, like in the Meyn Grande drawer module, loading is more efficient without risking animal welfare. While one drawer is checked and closed, the other drawer is loaded and vice versa.

Poultry in transit from farm to processing line is vulnerable. Therefore micro climate between the birds is extremely important for animal welfare and product quality. Modern broilers produce a lot of heat and moist which must be removed from the transport module, to prevent the temperature and humidity rising to risk (trouble) levels. The only way to cope with this stressful situation is ventilating air horizontally through the modules.

Height is critical; broilers above 1.8 kg live weight, require 255 mm height to ensure sufficient free space above them to ventilate. Using lower heights, in combination with plastic sides, has shown to cause heat stress with several negative quality effects.

Besides providing sufficient height for ventilation, it is important that the birds are equally divided over the available space. Large modules with a surface for loading >80 birds in one compartment, following the European regulation for protection of animals during transport (EU1/2005), have the risk that birds clog together on one side and that birds in the middle are suffocated.

The Meyn Grande drawer system is based on 255 mm high drawers, holding 35 birds (2 kg LW) each. The Grande drawers have sufficient height and have proven to divide the birds well in warm conditions, keeping the microclimate around the birds within the comfort zone.

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MEYN GRANDE DRAWER SYSTEM

The new Meyn Grande drawer system can be adjusted to local (required) circumstances, but an obvious configuration would be:

  • Trailer unloading
  • Module infeed with buffer platform
  • De-stacker
  • Drawer push-out unit with weigher
  • Hanging platform
  • Cleaning
  • Drawer cleaning
  • Drawer decontamination
  • Module washing
  • Trailer loading
  • Drawer push-in unit
  • Stacker
  • Module outfeed with buffer platform

NEED FOR SPEED

When in 1988 the first Drawer system was introduced for live bird handling, a system that handled 250 drawers per hour was sufficient. With increasing...

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