Blog: Egg Way check by poultry specialist Bart Alders

Our poultry specialists will make sure that you get the most out of your Vencomatic Groups’ products. That’s why Bart Alders recently did the Egg Way check at a customer in England.

Why did you visit this customer?
“We visit a big integration, where weekly 10 million broilers are born in the hatchery. The production of fertilized eggs takes place at various locations in England. I visited the broiler breeder farm where Prinzens’ Ovoset Pro and the Ovograder are installed. At the site the number of cracked eggs was high. The customer doubted the adjustment of the packer since this was the latest change that was made in the egg-collection process. Under the heading of 'Egg Way Check ' we organized a visit to reduce the number of cracked eggs.”

What is the Egg Way check?
“From the first moment an egg is laid until it reaches its final destination, a commercially produced egg travels a long journey. On this journey it faces numerous impacts and possible contamination sources. We focus on perfecting every detail of this journey, calling it the “Egg way”. We evaluate and optimise every little step to protect the eggs from damage or contamination. The, measurements of the customer were carried out with an electronic egg to review critical transitions during the egg collection. After analyses, egg collection systems looked acceptable. However, inside the houses, we found the culprit. The transition from the egg belt to a separate rod conveyor wasn't reviewed for years. Re-adjusting drastically improved this transition and the number of cracked eggs fell below 3%.”

What does it mean such an improvement?
“Assuming a farm of 40,000 hens with an average day production of 80% and an average fertilization of 85%, thus producing 190,400 fertilized eggs per week. Calculating with a day old chick price of €0.32, this results in savings of €1,523.20 per week or €60,928 for a production period! So such an improvement means a lot for the customer, and we are glad that we can help them. We strongly recommend a regular adjustment of the complete egg way, including transitions of nests to egg belts up to packing on the egg packer. “