December 3rd 2005
Broiler meat producer Grupo Abrego in Queretaro, Mexico, has awarded the next phase of its major expansion programme to leading Dutch hatchery technology company Pas Reform. The company is to double its capacity to approximately one million eggs set per week, using a combination of SmartSet™ setters and SmartHatch™ hatchers.
Grupo Abrego's owner and managing director, Rafael Abrego, says, " We have worked with Pas Reform's single-stage incubation system now for three years, and it is on this basis that we have decided to enter into a long-term collaboration.
"We are extremely satisfied with the results achieved to date - and confident that Smart is the way forward for us, to reach our longer term goals as a completely integrated broiler meat producer for a growing domestic market."
Pas Reform's initial involvement with Grupo Abrego delivered a hatchery layout and routing plan that, says Mr. Abrego, has created a blueprint for the company's expansion plans. "The new hatcheries have been devised to take advantage of the latest insights into best practice, not only to make the transition to single-stage incubation - but also to mobilise and maintain the strictest standards in bio-security."
Grupo Abrego's hatcheries will benefit from a highly efficient Dust-filtered Air and positive pressure, or 'D-FAPP', system. Pas Reform has worked collaboratively with the company's hatchery specialists, to fully integrate its single-stage SmartSet™ and SmartHatch™ systems with the new SmartCenter™ software for fully centrally controlled management. Operations are further refined with the addition of Pas Reform's pre-heat function and the newly developed Automated Hatching System (AHST).
Mr. Abrego explains: "We have monitored the so called 'hatch window' or spread of hatch very closely, to establish that extremely narrow windows are being delivered, which has greatly improved chick uniformity."
Bouke Hamminga, business development manager at Pas Reform, comments: " Abrego is an important, landmark installation for Pas Reform in Mexico, complemented by the very important role played by Avipecuaria in Cuernavaca, our distributors for Mexico and Middle America, who enable us to remain close to our customers throughout the installation phase and for the fast, ready supply of spare parts from stock."
Pas Reform's president, Mr. Bart Aangenendt, concludes: "Grupo Abrego is a pioneer in the use of single-stage incubation technology in this part of the world", he says, "and as such, this project is pivotal to Pas Reform's ambitious plans for growth in this market."