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Feed conveying system FlexVey PUR

New feed conveying system with four to five times longer service life

Flexible, pliable, very quiet to operate and, most importantly, extremely resistant to wear and tear. The new Big Dutchman FlexVey PUR conveying system is a true innovation and ensures a constant, safe delivery of... [more]

Feed conveying system FlexVey PUR

New feed conveying system with four to five times longer service life

Flexible, pliable, very quiet to operate and, most importantly, extremely resistant to wear and tear. The new Big Dutchman FlexVey PUR conveying system is a true innovation and ensures a constant, safe delivery of feed from the silo to the poultry house at all times. FlexVey PUR will be on display at VIV Europe 2014.

“The special feature of our new product is the spiral hose made of high-quality, wear-resistant polyurethane,” explains Big Dutchman product manager Jörg Hurlin. “Endurance tests have shown that the service life of this system is four to five times longer than that of traditional conveying systems.”

The pliable hose is easily installed and very flexible. Complicated mounting around corners is now a thing of the past. The system is also very quiet to operate: an additional advantage. This reflects positively on the behaviour of the birds and reduces stressful situations in the house. 

FlexVey PUR is available with diameters of 75 and 90 mm as of now.

Big Dutchman booth: Hall 12, booth no. D060+C060


Compared with traditional conveying systems the service life of FlexVey PUR is four to five times longer.
FlexVey PUR: The pliable hose is easily installed and very flexible, making complicated mounting around corners a thing of the past.

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: The innovative hot-air blower achieves an energy efficiency of... [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: The innovative hot-air blower achieves an energy efficiency of 92-98 %. In contrast to direct heating, a chimney guides the exhaust gases out of the house thanks to the self-contained technology. This saves up to 25 percent of heating costs. Big Dutchman presents the novelty for the first time at VIV Europe 2014.

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 percent and switch between operation with propane and natural gas without having to replace any component parts. Maintenance, handling and cleaning are made simple since the hot-air blower has a high IP protection rating.

Another asset are 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, at the computer in real time.

Big Dutchman booth: Hall 12, booth no. D060+C060

The ThermoRizer achieves savings of up to 25 percent

VIV Europe 2014: Big Dutchman group laying nest with divided roof

„Relax“: Labour saving nest innovation for broiler breeders

Innovative group laying nest "Relax"

Big Dutchman has launched a group laying nest particularly for broiler breeders providing several innovative features. “Relax” is equipped with two separate, easy-to-lift nest roofs which significantly facilitates... [more]

Innovative group laying nest "Relax"

Big Dutchman has launched a group laying nest particularly for broiler breeders providing several innovative features. “Relax” is equipped with two separate, easy-to-lift nest roofs which significantly facilitates nest and egg belt inspection. Relax will be on display at VIV Europe 2014.

Another innovative feature is the egg belt with a three-point bearing design: thanks to the increased share of perforated surface and the triangular shape of the holes, contact surfaces between the eggs and the egg belt are minimised. Eggs that are rolling off are slowed down gently which reduces the number of hair-cracked and dirty eggs.

“Relax” is made of high-quality, durable materials which increases the nest acceptance and improves nest hygiene. The smooth surfaces facilitate cleaning and reduce the bacteria load as well as insect infestation during the grow-out. “Relax” has been designed as a nearly screw-less connector system and can therefore be installed easily and rapidly. 

Big Dutchman booth: Hall 12, booth no. D060+C060

Innovation: Two separate nest roofs simplify nest and egg belt inspection
„Relax“: the roofs are lifted
“Relax” is made of high-quality, durable materials

Innovative FlexVey PUR supplies poultry feeding system

German national goalkeeper inaugurates two houses for broiler production

Poultry houses for broiler production inaugurated

Clara Woltering from Coesfeld-Lette is a state-certified agriculturist – and a top handball player: She has been keeping goal for Germany's women's handball team since 2003. However, the professional athlete never... [more]

Poultry houses for broiler production inaugurated

Clara Woltering from Coesfeld-Lette is a state-certified agriculturist – and a top handball player: She has been keeping goal for Germany's women's handball team since 2003. However, the professional athlete never lost focus on her "other" profession. Together with her parents, she added another branch to the family-owned farm: broiler production. The two new houses for 39,900 birds each were recently inaugurated with an Open House. 300 guests used the opportunity to see the outstanding result and the Big Dutchman equipment.

Innovation supplies the poultry feeding system

One of the highlights of the new houses is FlexVey PUR, a new Big Dutchman conveying system which conveys feed from the silo to the house and is extremely resistant to wear and tear. Its special feature: The spiral hose is made of high-quality, wear-resistant polyurethane. Endurance tests have shown that the service life of this system is four to five times longer than that of traditional conveying systems.

The pliable hose is easily installed and very flexible. Complicated mounting around corners is no longer necessary. The system is also very quiet to operate: an additional advantage which reflects positively on the behaviour of the birds and reduces stressful situations in the house. FlexVey PUR is available with diameters of 75 and 90 mm. 


Healthy feet, happy birds

Dry and loose litter which allows the broilers to scratch and dust bathe to their heart's content is a very important factor for the well-being of the broilers. Wet litter, however, may lead to inflammations of the very sensitive foot pads. This increases the risk for infections and stops the broilers from moving due to the pain they are experiencing.

The Woltering family therefore decided to install a ventilation system whose functionality has been updated by Big Dutchman. Thanks to this system, heating is used in such a way that the litter remains dry even on days with much precipitation – without wasting energy.


Classics for broiler production 

In addition to numerous classic Big Dutchman products such as the Augermatic poultry feeding system, the Fluxx 360 feed pan and the Fooging Cooler spray cooling system, the flexible ViperTouch climate and production computer has also been installed. The computer is easily operated by means of a touch screen, has three freely selectable operation modes and can be used for all established types of ventilation.

Poultry equipment and poultry feeding systems for broiler production: Click here for a first overview of our product range

Agriculturist Clara Woltering (second from the left) and her parents invested in two houses for broiler production. Big Dutchman sales executive Werner Meckelnborg (on the right) brought flowers and gifts along with his congratulations.
Each of the two new buildings is equipped with four lines of the Augermatic poultry feeding system.
Constant and safe delivery of feed from the silo to the poultry feeding system: FlexVey PUR (picture taken from the leaflet)
State-of-the-art poultry houses for a successful broiler production

Acceptance of bid for Spanish competitor on 21 January 2014

Big Dutchman takes over Zucami

Poultry production: 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

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.


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