Emek Ha’ela project illustrates Agrotop’s vision for future poultry houses
Agrotop has recently completed the second stage of a visionary project for Emek Ha’ela Eggs, which includes two sheds, housing about 110,000 layers.
The Emek Ha’ela Eggs project demonstrates Agrotop’s futuristic vision for poultry houses. It is beautifully designed, efficient, and environmentally friendly and the results achieved, exceeded the official breeding company manual.
After Agrotop’s design for “best future layer house” won first place in the Israeli Ministry of Agriculture’s competition, Agrotop sought a partner to make its vision come true.
Emek Ha’ela Eggs, which has a long-lasting working relationship with Agrotop, adopted the new design for its flagship project. Ten years after the completion of the first stage, the company was able to acquire a bigger production quota and a second similar shed was added.
The equipment meets the European layer welfare legislation standard – 750 cm2 per bird. The structure is round shaped and blends perfectly with the natural surroundings. It requires minimum land work, keeps a high level of biosecurity, utilizes renewable energy and operates with very high levels of efficiency. Some of the systems in the house include a micro-climate system, dust, odour and light filtering and remote control of the house.
The innovative spirit is illustrated in the special lighting system, which is based on LED lighting in the cages resulting in increased production. All the equipment to the farm was supplied by Big Dutchman.
The droppings are dried on the belt and exit the shed with low moisture content thus reducing ammonia, preventing smells and discouraging flies.
Emek Ha’ela Eggs leap of faith proved to be a smart choice. The new design, carefully integrated equipment and the know-how transfer lined up to produce results better than the Breeding company’s manual. So, for example it managed to achieve 327 Eggs per housed hen; Feed consumption 106 grams/layer. In addition, the mortality rate in the project is only 1 percent, and the Broken/cracked/dirty eggs also comprise only 1% of the entire laid eggs.
The outstanding results drew much attention from chicken growers all over the world and an additional layer house, following the same design, was recently erected in China, showing fantastic results.