Eagle’s Pride Hatchery is moving forward again with its brand-new farm at Hekpoort. In its pursuit to be the preferred supplier of day-old chicks in Southern Africa, the company saw potential in this beautiful site and decided to rebuild and upgrade it to a fully integrated operation with its own hatchery.
The original hatchery on the site was 40 years old and had been patched. Besides, areas had been added without thinking through. This is not the Eagle’s Pride way, so the company decided to develop and build a complete, new hatchery together with Petersime, conventional incubators and HVAC installation included.
It was a challenging project, not only because the farm was lying at the edge of a mountain and a lot of soil had to be moved to get a decent area level to build on. The new hatchery expansion also had to connect with the old facility, which was a tough row to hoe. Luckily, a team of Petersime engineers and local distributor Spartan Equipment made it all possible.
Now that the new Hekpoort hatchery is ready and running, what about the results? “The first two start-up hatches were a bit below our standards, but after that, everything was running smoothly with a superb chick quality as a result,” commented Wynand Schreiber, Hatchery Manager at Eagle’s Pride.
He also explained why the company chose to work with Petersime again for this project: “I have known Petersime for 10 years and my opinion has only been approved ever since. Petersime is and will always be the preferred supplier of incubation equipment and technologies. It is a brand that Eagle’s Pride is familiar with. We are comfortable with the equipment; it meets our needs and delivers remarkable results and performance. In fact, Eagle’s Pride is a member of the Petersime family.”
With a total setting capacity 460,800 eggs per week, this new hatchery will deliver a total of 392,000 broiler day-old chicks per week. “This facility really prides us as a team. It is another success story for Eagle’s Pride. We appreciate the commitment and professional relationship we got from Petersime.”