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First Automated poultry farm starts operation in western Cuba

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HAVANA, Cuba, Jul 18 (ACN) The construction and assembly of the country's first automated poultry house for egg production was completed in the municipality of Consolación del Sur and will receive in this month the first 56,000 hens with which will begin the production cycle.

The work, whose inauguration will be dedicated to pay tribute to the National Day of Rebellion, should produce in the last quarter of the year 4.6 million units and a whole calendar 15.7 million, according to Pedro Luis Pino Noval, director of UEB logistics of the Poultry Company of Pinar del Rio.
Their goal is to reach 290 eggs per bird per year, much higher than what is recorded today in traditional facilities, around 245 units per hen, he said.
He added that they are currently working on elements that will guarantee the plant's biosecurity, a task that they expect to finish shortly.
Established in the Base Business Unit (UEB) laying 28 January, will ratify Pinar del Rio among the most productive provinces of eggs in the nation, since the investment will host when it reaches its full capacity to 72,000 hens, with indicators that measure efficiency much higher than the usual technology, according to statements by Gladys Aguado Valdes, director general of the Poultry Company in the territory.
Equipped with state-of-the-art technology, among the promising prospects of the facility, said the conversion rate, which should be below 1.37 kilograms (kg) of feed per ten eggs obtained, while in conventional facilities is 1.61 kg.
Among the advantages is the housing of about 42 animals per square meter, when in current farms, the capacity is only 12.
He referred to the comfort that the hens will have in this enclosure, in a controlled environment, with two izopaneles, sensors and air extractors, all equipment that provides a cool and pleasant climate inside the premises.
All production processes are carried out automatically and require little labor, because only at the end of the system in the tasks of packaging, the worker will have contact with the egg, in great demand by Cubans, which avoids the possibility of contamination.
The cages where the birds will remain are arranged in four batteries with five floors high, and the mechanized method includes tasks such as the distribution of feed, extraction of eggs and excrement and the illumination and conduction of water, among other benefits.
The modern site is located in a remote part of the countryside, where in the past there was a chicken farm, destroyed by the devastating hurricanes Gustav and Ike.
The workforce consists of 22 workers, well below the workforce required by the traditional system, and the staff was trained well in advance.
Another facility of this type is about to be completed in Camagüey, with similar conditions, which facilitate the humanization of the work.

 

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