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measurements alone. The OvoScan
equipped machines are set to
maintain a certain, desired egg
shell temperature. He said it takes
the guesswork out of creating an
egg shell profile. If one is found
that improves hatchability, it
can run the same profile across
different flocks and ages.
He said the BioStreamer helped
tighten the facility's hatch window.
Along with the OvoScan system, he
said the machine is easy to clean and
features user-friendly interface.

Automation for bird
and worker welfare
Three processes are currently automated at the hatchery: transferring
eggs, separating poults from their
shells and servicing hens and toms
after sexing. Automating these
processes saves some labor, but it's
really about reducing cracks in egg
shells and eliminating the need for

From left: Greg Perry, Samuel Macias, Cynthia Philippe and Tim
Hergott. Austin Alonzo
workers to do tedious and physically
stressful jobs in the hatchery.
Dr. Cynthia Philippe, manager
of veterinary services and quality
assurance for Hendrix Genetics, said
the company views it as a matter of
providing for both bird and worker
welfare. Additionally, automation of
processes makes it easier to operate
in challenging labor markets.
Greg Perry, assistant hatchery
manager for turkeys at Hendrix
Genetics, said the transfer robot
eliminates the need for workers to

The facility automates processes that are tedious and stressful on the
body, such as the transfer of eggs. Austin Alonzo

lift and stack heavy boxes all day.
It also reduces cracks caused by
the transfer process. The separator,
Hergott said, handles a dirty, undesirable job in the hatchery.
The use of new Nova-Tech MPSP
machines halves the amount of labor
needed for treatment of the birds. 
The newer machines can handle toe
and beak treatment as well as vaccination in a single unit, something
older models could not.

Further automating
processes
There is a possibility of further automating processes in the hatchery.
The management staff said the
potential exists in every department.
It could install devices that automatically place eggs in the incubator
trays in the egg room. Another piece
could be added to its transfer robot
to unstack the incubator trolley trays
and place them onto conveyor belts.
At the end of the line, automatic
counters and boxers can be installed
and a robot to stack the boxes of
poults can be employed.
Hergott said these realistic
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Poultry USA - October 2019
Contents
Clean eating and the poultry industry
Poultry industry confidence levels remain steady
Virginia Poultry Growers Co-op depends on growers for its future
Technology leads Hendrix’s commercial turkey hatchery
Blockchain technology has big potential beyond transparency
Is artificial intelligence right for poultry production?
US Hispanic market for chicken needs to be claimed
Change your words, change consumer perception
What does science say about poultry sustainability?
How do the nutritional values of wheat compare to corn?
Product Review
Market Place
Ad Index
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Poultry USA - October 2019 - Contents
Poultry USA - October 2019 - Clean eating and the poultry industry
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Poultry USA - October 2019 - Poultry industry confidence levels remain steady
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Poultry USA - October 2019 - Virginia Poultry Growers Co-op depends on growers for its future
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Poultry USA - October 2019 - Technology leads Hendrix’s commercial turkey hatchery
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Poultry USA - October 2019 - Blockchain technology has big potential beyond transparency
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Poultry USA - October 2019 - Is artificial intelligence right for poultry production?
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Poultry USA - October 2019 - US Hispanic market for chicken needs to be claimed
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Poultry USA - October 2019 - Change your words, change consumer perception
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Poultry USA - October 2019 - What does science say about poultry sustainability?
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Poultry USA - October 2019 - How do the nutritional values of wheat compare to corn?
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Poultry USA - October 2019 - Ad Index
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