A critical step in the development of a new hatchery is site selection. A hatchery is not a typical industrial building: It is highly specialised with unique requirements in terms of location, layout and design. It is therefore important to give considerable thought to the location and conditions of your hatchery site. This article highlights 6 factors to bear in mind when selecting a hatchery site.
4. Proximity of livestock facilities
Because a hatchery is concerned with the production of living animals, special consideration must be given to the proximity of neighbours, and more specifically poultry and livestock facilities. For biosecurity reasons, a hatchery must be located at a safe distance from other livestock facilities to minimize the risk of spreading diseases. The distance from the hatchery location to any livestock facility needs to be greater if prevailing winds are directed toward the hatchery.
It is advisable to review which electricity and water supply sources are readily available to the site. A connection to the mains electricity (industrial power supply) is an essential requirement. Self-evidently, water must be available for incubators and HVAC as well as for general utilities, cleaning, etc. As a general rule, it is best to locate hatcheries in sites that can be easily connected to the internet. Reliable internet access is fundamental to any modern business.
6. Future expansion
The key to a hatchery’s long-term success is that it fulfills its function for many years to come. It is therefore recommended to verify if the site can accommodate future expansion and growth.
Get the right expert advice
The best way for you to ensure the key site selection factors are sufficiently investigated is by relying on expert advice. Petersime has a multidisciplinary in-house team that can guide your hatchery project from A to Z.
Through an integrated approach from design to execution, Petersime’s team takes care of the complete project, including hatchery layout, hatchery flows and building material requirements such as floors, walls, drains, doors, generators and other electromechanical equipment. The decision to locate a hatchery at a specific site will of course always be made with consideration of the local conditions and regulations. Petersime is there for customers at every key stage of the hatchery’s life cycle. Please don’t hesitate to contact us to discuss your future projects.