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Campbell Live educates viewers on egg production systems.

Eggs from enriched colony systems or free range hens – do you know what you’re buying?

How much do you know about where your eggs come from? Campbell Live, a half-hour long New Zealand current affairs programme, just asked this exact question in a report recently broadcasted on TV 3. To come up with... [more]

Campbell Live educates viewers on egg production systems.

Eggs from enriched colony systems or free range hens – do you know what you’re buying?

How much do you know about where your eggs come from? Campbell Live, a half-hour long New Zealand current affairs programme, just asked this exact question in a report recently broadcasted on TV 3. To come up with an answer as thorough as possible, reporter Sarah Stewart visited New Zealand’s biggest egg producer Mainland. The Big Dutchman customer produces eggs in traditional poultry cages, to be phased out in eight years, and has been trialling enriched colony systems since 2007. This new laying hen management system was delivered by the German poultry equipment supplier. Furthermore, Mainland has embarked on free range egg production. The report presents all systems in a very detailed manner, so whichever egg Mainland egg buyers choose, they know precisely where it comes from.

The full report from Sarah Stewart is available on Campbell Live’s website – and just a click away!


Has your egg been produced in an enriched colony system? Or by free range hens? John Campbell and his team are explaining egg production systems.

Audited plant receives eggs from German aviary systems

Big Dutchman customer Opal Foods aces SQF audit for egg production

Global Foods eggs

The new School Site Farm Packing Plant dedicated to specialty eggs recently passed the Safe Quality Foods (SQF) audit with flying colors: The operation based in Nesho, MO, which belongs to Opal Foods, scored an... [more]

Global Foods eggs

The new School Site Farm Packing Plant dedicated to specialty eggs recently passed the Safe Quality Foods (SQF) audit with flying colors: The operation based in Nesho, MO, which belongs to Opal Foods, scored an amazing 100 % in this US-wide, major audit. SQF certification assures buyers and customers that food has been produced, processed and handled according to the highest standard. The packing plant was erected to receive eggs from a cage-free complex equipped with aviary systems by the German poultry equipment supplier Big Dutchman.

For more detailed information on the subject, please follow this link to www.egg-cite.com. 

A successful egg producer, the company’s mission statement and a broad product range: the website of Opal Foods is just one click away!

Alternative egg production: If you want to have a closer look at the Natura Primus and Natura 60 aviary systems, please follow this link.

Natura 60: Since cage-free birds require more labor and management time than cage-housed birds, choosing Natura 60 is the perfect solution: The design concept is based on the idea of reducing the management effort while at the same time increasing reliable and efficient egg production. This is, amongst others, ensured by the fact that every second aisle is a real inspection aisle as it remains free of hens, litter, manure and other obstacles such as doors or cross partitions.
Natura Primus: Prior to moving into Natura 60, the hens spend the first weeks of their life in a Natura Primus system. The rearing aviary is designed for pullets to get used to their subsequent life in egg production aviaries.They are moved into these “training units” as day-old chicks and leave them in week 16. By that time they have learned how to jump, fly and move around in the entire house and, once settled in the layer aviaries, are immediately comfortable using the different areas for feeding, scratching and resting.

"The additional facility will allow us to better serve the region”

New Big Dutchman premises open in Indonesia

New premises to serve Indonesia with poultry equipment

Due to the growth over recent years and in order to keep up with the rise in business activities this development has brought about, Big Dutchman PT BD Agriculture Indonesia has opened its new business premises in... [more]

New premises to serve Indonesia with poultry equipment

Due to the growth over recent years and in order to keep up with the rise in business activities this development has brought about, Big Dutchman PT BD Agriculture Indonesia has opened its new business premises in Surabaya. The aim is to increase support for both new customers as well as long-term business partners. Surabaya is Indonesia's second-largest city and located on the northern shore of eastern Java.

"The additional facility will allow us to better serve the region with our poultry equipment. We would like to take this opportunity to thank our customers for their invaluable support. We are looking forward to continuing our service to them from our new office," said Niels Heyer, Managing Director of BD Agriculture Indonesia.

The Big Dutchman team is looking forward to better serving their customers with modern poultry equipment. Left to right: Suyud Kodradmanto, Citra Anindita Saraswati, Bagyo Suprapto and Ira Damaryanti

Broiler production and broiler breeder management with modern poultry equipment

Abu Dhabi: Big Dutchman receives major order from Al Ajban Poultry Farms

Contract on six houses for broiler production and nine for broiler breeder management

Big Dutchman from Vechta, Germany has recently signed a contract with Al Ajban Poultry Farms in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE). The contract is for an expansion of already well established farms and covers... [more]

Contract on six houses for broiler production and nine for broiler breeder management

Big Dutchman from Vechta, Germany has recently signed a contract with Al Ajban Poultry Farms in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE). The contract is for an expansion of already well established farms and covers the supply of poultry equipment for six broiler production houses and nine houses for broiler breeder management.

Al Ajban is the first poultry producer in the UAE to have a fully integrated array of farms to include all forms of production and processing in poultry. The innovative company was also first to install automatic nest system inclusive automatic egg collection, and produces an average of 13 million hatching eggs annually. This contract follows a considerable commitment to Big Dutchman, who has previously supplied Al Ajban Poultry with multiple houses in 2012.

“We are honoured that we have once again been selected by Al Ajban Poultry Farms as their trusted partner, and to have the opportunity to further strengthen our relationship.” commented the Vechta-based Area Sales Manager Khalid Abdelrahman, on the impressive follow-up order. The two companies have had dealings since 2011, and Mr Abdelrahman along with Dr Yasser El Shamy, the project manager of Al Ajban Poultry will be managing the current expansion.

Modern poultry production at Al Ajban Poultry Farms

Being the only end-to-end poultry operation in the whole of Emirates, Al Ajban Poultry Farms are deemed one of the most modern farms in poultry farming. The company commenced a complete poultry integration project between 2009 and 2010. This project therefore expanded their business to not only include houses for breeder management and hatcheries but a processing plant and a feed mill amongst others.

They are, however, not done yet; the company is in the process of planning a transformation of bringing all its facilities up to international HACCP standards, that is, Hazard analysis and critical control points. This is in order to adhere strictly to the highest standards of production performance, hygiene, bio-security, nutrition, protection of poultry stock against diseases and product safety.

Poultry equipment supplier Big Dutchman

Big Dutchman is the world’s largest equipment supplier for modern poultry production. The product range includes traditional and computer-controlled feeding and housing equipment as well as state-of-the-art systems for climate control and exhaust air treatment.The scope varies from small to large, fully integrated turn-key farms. Big Dutchman offers its customers all options – from the planning to the commissioning. The Big Dutchman history dates back to 1938. Back then the company founders invented the world’s first automatic feeding system. Today the company head office is in Vechta, Germany, where 800 of the around 2,500 worldwide employees work. The reliable systems from the German poultry equipment supplier can be found across all five continents and in more than 100 countries. The Big Dutchman Group achieved most recently an annual turnover of approximately 732 million Euros.

Comprehensive information on the very successful poultry producer from Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE) can be found on their website – please click here! 

Our poultry equipment for modern Big Dutchman poultry equipment is just a few clicks away! Broiler production / Broiler breeder management

Big Dutchman is honored to have been selected for equipping six broiler production houses and nine houses for broiler breeder management: Mr Khalid Abdelrahman (left) and Mr Hamad Al Ameri, CEO of Al Ajban Poultry Farms, on the occasion of the signing of the contract.
Mr Khalid Abdelrahman, Big Dutchman Area Sales Manager (left), Dr Yasser El Shami, Al Ajban Poultry Project Manager (middle) and Mr Hamad Al Ameni, CEO Al Ajban Poultry (right)

VIV Europe 2014: Hot-air blower Thermorizer achieves energy efficiency of 92-98 %

Up to 25 % of heating cost savings for poultry managers

New hot-air blower Thermorizer

Saving energy is becoming more and more important in poultry farming. A heating system which perfectly meets this requirement is the Thermorizer TR-75. Big Dutchman presents the novelty for the first time at VIV... [more]

New hot-air blower Thermorizer

Saving energy is becoming more and more important in poultry farming. A heating system which perfectly meets this requirement is the Thermorizer TR-75. Big Dutchman presents the novelty for the first time at VIV Europe in Utrecht: The hot-air blower achieves an energy efficiency of 92-98 %. This saves up to 25 % of heating costs.

The Thermorizer is a heating device with flue gas exhaust. A chimney guides the exhaust gases out of the house thanks to the self-contained technology. Thermorizer also benefits animal health and well-being – which, in turn, positively affects the production results: A very large throwing range of 60 meters and more ensures homogenous distribution of the heated air. This leads to comfortable temperatures throughout the entire house and healthy animals. In addition, the noise level of the hot-air blower is much lower compared to conventional heaters, which means that the birds experience less stress.

Other features: Poultry managers can set the heat output individually between 60 and 100 % and switch between operation with propane and natural gas without having to replace any component parts. Maintenance, handling and cleaning are made simple through the high IP protection rating of the hot-air blower. Another asset is the dimensions: Thermorizer is both small and tall which means that in rearing cage houses the devices will not be in the farmers’ way during their daily work. A control light is installed on top of each device which makes it easy to spot unit failures right in the service room.

In future, Thermorizer will easily be connected to the BigFarmNet Manager by means of a communications interface. This allows poultry farmers to view and regulate important data, such as running times and the temperature of the device, on the computer in real time. 


Hall 12, booth no. D060+C060

The Thermorizer achieves savings of up to 25 percent

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