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US food giant Tyson Foods invests in SmartPro™ hatchery technology

US food giant Tyson Foods invests in SmartPro™ hatchery technology

US-based Tyson Foods Inc. has chosen Pas Reform and NatureForm, the world’s only single-source supplier of integrated hatchery solutions, to equip the hatchery of its new chicken production complex at Humboldt in Gibson County, western Tennessee.

The facility will include a feed mill, hatchery, processing plant and related operations to produce pre-packaged trays of fresh chicken for retail grocery stores nationwide. It is expected to process 1.25 million birds per week when it opens in 2020.

Tyson Foods is one of the world’s largest food companies and a recognised leader in protein-based foods, with its headquarters in Springdale, Arkansas. Founded in 1935 by John W. Tyson, it has grown under three generations of family leadership. In 2017 the company had sales of USD 38.3 billion.

The Humboldt project received the go-ahead in January 2018. In the preceding months the engineering teams of Tyson and Pas Reform/NatureForm worked together to specify the project’s scope, calculate technical specifications and model optimal processes for the hatchery.

The hatchery will make full use of Pas Reform’s and NatureForm’s single-source capabilities. The project includes 36 SmartSetPro™-6 setters, 6 SmartSetPro™-3 setters and 39 SmartHatchPro™ hatchers, to bring total weekly capacity up to 1.7 million eggs.

Installation will also include a complete heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) installation, with seven air-handling units, three chillers and a heat recovery system.

On the hatchery automation front, the project consists of a farm-to-setter-trolley transfer system, a fully automated candling and transfer unit with in-ovo vaccination, stackers, de-stackers, separators, washing and waste handling systems, and innovative, animal-friendly SmartCount™ chick counting and dosing systems.

Pas Reform’s advanced, web-based SmartCenterPro™ hatchery information software will enable Tyson Foods to control setter, hatcher, climate control and hatchery automation operations from a single computer, as well as providing remote access capabilities to manage and respond to system alerts and provide technical and troubleshooting support. 

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