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Poultry production: Big Dutchman takes over Zucami

Big Dutchman takes over Zucami

The Big Dutchman group based in Vechta-Calveslage is taking over the Spanish poultry equipment supplier Zucami. The company with its headquarters in Beriáin, near Pamplona, recently became insolvent. “As a result... [more]

Poultry production: Big Dutchman takes over Zucami

Big Dutchman takes over Zucami

The Big Dutchman group based in Vechta-Calveslage is taking over the Spanish poultry equipment supplier Zucami. The company with its headquarters in Beriáin, near Pamplona, recently became insolvent. “As a result of the bidding procedure, the insolvency court accepted our concept presented in December,” confirms Bernd Meerpohl, Chairman of the Big Dutchman AG board of management.

This concept intends for Big Dutchman to purchase the assets of the competitor from Northern Spain while maintaining its headquarters and saving approximately half of the 120 jobs. Business will continue under the new name Zucami Poultry Equipment S.L.

“Even as part of the Big Dutchman group, Zucami will remain an independent brand on the international market,” says Meerpohl. “Management and distribution will not be affected substantially. We are also happy that the shareholders of the company are still available as consultants.”

According to Meerpohl, the Spanish company had earned an outstanding reputation in the industry and a very impressive presence in some regions. In addition, Zucami’s product line is designed in a very different but interesting way compared to Big Dutchman’s products, thus ideally complementing the group's product range.

Big Dutchman is the world’s leading equipment supplier for modern pig and poultry production. The independent, family-owned company based in Vechta-Calveslage offers its products in more than 100 countries and achieved a turnover of EUR 732 million in the past business year.

Zucami distributes housing equipment worldwide and is considered a leading supplier of equipment for laying hens in Spain and South America. In 2012, the company’s turnover still amounted to approx. EUR 110 million. However, this figure took a nosedive in the last year of crisis, 2013.



“Natura Step ensures high standards of welfare and production”

Massive investment in Scottish barn egg production

Barn egg prodcution in Natura-Step-aviary

A desire to add value to grain and get out of pigs has led to a major move into egg production, including barn eggs, at one Scottish farming business. The company initially invested in colony production, but an... [more]

Barn egg prodcution in Natura-Step-aviary

A desire to add value to grain and get out of pigs has led to a major move into egg production, including barn eggs, at one Scottish farming business. The company initially invested in colony production, but an increase in demand for barn eggs led them quickly into the barn option. Big Dutchman’s Natura Step has been installed at Duncan Farms, ensuring high standards of welfare and production, with 40,000 birds currently accommodated at each site. (…)

If you are interested in reading the full article featuring this successful egg producer please click here and go to the Farmers Weekly web site.

Barn egg production in Big Dutchman aviaries: all leaflets pertaining to our Natura poultry systems can be downloaded here!

The Natura-Step aviary differs from other systems of the Natura-family because of its nest arrangements. The system can be installed in individual rows which allow the hens to move between the levels, especially the integrated nest level.
The stepped construction ensures that the hens can easily move between all levels.

Managing layer hens efficiently in Natura 60 aviary

Indiana, USA: Adding barn egg production to meet customers’ needs

Barn egg production in Natura 60 aviary

Until approximately five years ago, all of Midwest Poultry Services’ hens were housed in conventional cages. Today, this has changed fundamentally: For instance at their layer farm in Northeastern Indiana, USA, 2... [more]

Barn egg production in Natura 60 aviary

Until approximately five years ago, all of Midwest Poultry Services’ hens were housed in conventional cages. Today, this has changed fundamentally: For instance at their layer farm in Northeastern Indiana, USA, 2 million hens have been moved into enrichable cages, whereas seven cage-free houses on the farm are now housing 285,000 hens. They live in aviaries – for example in the Big Dutchman best seller Natura 60 for barn egg production.

Since cage-free birds require more labor and management time than cage-housed birds, Natura 60 suggested itself: The aviary was designed especially to reduce the management effort and at the same time to increase efficient egg production.

If you want to know more on this cutting-edge egg producer or have a look into the farms’ Natura 60 system follow this link: The expert site www.wattagnet.com provides a detailed report including pictures and several short films.

For details on Natura 60 for barn egg production

Barn egg production in Natura 60: The entire flock moves back into the system for the night.
In the morning they are free to leave the system.
Perches are located inside and outside of the system, resulting in a calm flock
Nests are located at the highest level for the hens to lay their eggs.
Quality litter is crucial for the flock to dust bathe and forage.

Product seminar receives a lot of praise

International Cobb experts visit Big Dutchman

Poultry production: Intensive product seminar for Cobb consultants

Thirty product consultants from the broiler breeding company Cobb Europe recently attended a one-day intensive seminar at the Big Dutchman headquarters. The focus of the seminar were the products for broiler... [more]

Poultry production: Intensive product seminar for Cobb consultants

Thirty product consultants from the broiler breeding company Cobb Europe recently attended a one-day intensive seminar at the Big Dutchman headquarters. The focus of the seminar were the products for broiler growing and broiler breeder management offered by the poultry equipment supplier. Cobb Europe is a division of Cobb Vantress Inc., one of the industry’s largest breeding companies worldwide, and markets broiler genetics in Europe and beyond. The experts came in from Europe and beyond as well: Some had even made long journeys from Africa, the Middle East and Russia to reach Vechta, Germany, for this event.

The mix of theoretical background and practical application met the experts’ approval. Thanks to a large number of products showcased in the in-house show room, Big Dutchman employees were able to illustrate in great detail how broilers and breeders are managed. The practical demonstration was complemented by presentations and intensive discussions in the seminar room. Big Dutchman equipment and computer-controlled poultry management software as well as the poultry equipment supplier’s different ventilation concepts were important topics and had been coordinated to relate to the attendees’ markets.

Matthew Wilson, Technical Services Manager of Cobb Europe, conveyed a hearty goodbye to the event’s hosts: “On behalf of the entire technical team at Cobb Europe, we would very much like to thank all of you for an informative day. The hospitality and time shared with us was very much appreciated,” added Wilson, who was the main organizer of the event for the breeding company. 

Product manager Jörg Hurlin explaining the equipment supplier’s poultry systems for broiler growing in detail
The guests and their hosts used the time for an extensive information exchange.
At the end o f the informative seminar, the experts from Cobb Europe and Big Dutchman took a group picture.

Open house: Poultry housing systems and feeding systems for 10,000 turkeys

Two new houses for turkey production draw immense interest

Turkey production: Inauguration of two new houses for 10,000 birds

The Röben family from Edewecht-Osterscheps in the German Ammerland district has been producing turkeys for the past twelve years. To enlarge the family-owned farm further, two new fattening houses for a total of... [more]

Turkey production: Inauguration of two new houses for 10,000 birds

The Röben family from Edewecht-Osterscheps in the German Ammerland district has been producing turkeys for the past twelve years. To enlarge the family-owned farm further, two new fattening houses for a total of 10,000 turkeys have now been built on the premises. The family completely trusted Big Dutchman equipment regarding their poultry housing and poultry feeding systems. A recent open house of the new buildings drew a great deal of interest: More than 1,000 visitors seized the opportunity to take a closer look at the successful project.

Both houses for turkey production are designed identically and connected by an area in which the service room as well as office and lavatory are located. Both lightweight constructions are 20 x 90 meters large. 


Poultry feeding systems for modern turkey production 

The new buildings are each equipped with two Augermatic feed lines and three drinker lines supplying the birds with sufficient clean drinking water at every age.

Feed is provided by the Gladiator feed pan, designed for the rearing as well as fattening of turkeys. The pans are filled via the Augermatic feeding system, which has proven its worth for poultry growing. During the development of the rugged pan, Big Dutchman focused on ideal cleaning conditions: The open design of Gladiator ensures that the pans can be cleaned simply but thoroughly after each batch. The pan swings freely at the tube and the pan bottom as well as the grill can rotate. This prevents breast injuries during turkey production.

Two different bottom types have been developed for Gladiator. The shallow pan bottom is used during rearing, providing the poults with easy access to the feed. An ideal poult start is guaranteed thanks to the option for complete pan filling. During the growing phase, the small pan bottom can easily be replaced by one with an integrated feed-saving collar. 

Exchanging the pans is very simple as only snap-on connections are used, meaning the pan bottoms can be easily removed and re-attached. Another advantage of the Gladiator feed pan: Its flooding mechanism. It is possible to flood the pans with feed, not only manually, but alternatively also centrally. This reduces the workload for turkey keepers. Additionally, the feed shut-off is weighted, thus preventing the birds from accidentally changing the feed level. 


Other poultry housing systems

To avoid problems in case of high outside temperatures, the Röben family opted for the installation of the Fogging Cooler spray cooling system. This system reduces the inside temperature by 5 to 6°C via intake air which reaches the house through the lateral air inlets and leaves it through eleven exhaust air chimneys per house.

The flexible ViperTouch computer manages and controls production and house climate. Its comprehensive touch screen significantly simplifies the use of this computer. The system is very fast and provides many functionalities, alleviating the workload in the house.

Please download information on our poultry housing systems and feeding systems for turkey production here!

Modern turkey production in two new poultry houses: The Röben family invited for a tour. During the open house, much agricultural machinery was on display as well.
Big Dutchman area sales executive Werner Meckelnberg (left) and sales representative Hermann-Gerd Roter (right) wished the Röber family all the best on occasion of the inauguration.
Fitting decorations: The neighbours adorned the wreath for the inauguration with faithful turkey copies.
Poultry housing systems for turkey production: the rugged Gladiator pan, here with the pan bottom for growing
Augermatic feeding system: A reliable feed transport to the pan is guaranteed.
A drinking system especially developed for turkeys ensures a sufficient supply of fresh water. The drinker lines as well as the Augermatic feeding system can be winched up to the ceiling for cleaning purposes.
A pan for all eventualities of turkey production: Gladiator feed pan with the bottom for rearing (photo taken from the leaflet)

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