Poultry International - September 2017 - 24
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The designers of the Wrap-the-Equipment-style cagefree layer house say the method can significantly reduce
construction timelines and costs, along with other benefits.
Courtesy Summit Livestock Facilities
New cage-free layer housing
may lower production costs
An innovative equipment-wrap construction design for layer houses
offers benefits in construction speed and cost savings.
BY AUSTIN ALONZO AND ALYSSA CONWAY
An agriculture construction company is teaming up
with Rose Acre Farms to bring a new style of cage-free
house to the market which, it says, can offer far more efficiency than a traditional design.
In April 2016, Summit
Livestock Facilities and Rose Acre
held a press event to tour a nearcomplete Rose Acre layer house
in Pulaski County, Indiana. The
Summit Livestock design team
explained some of the new innovations developed for cage-free layer
housing. Leaders from Summit and
Rose Acre took questions from meMiles Ridgway
dia and industry leaders about the
new Wrap-the-Equipment construction design used at the Rose Acre complex.
Guests toured a cage-free layer house expected to
house 378,000 by the end of May 2017. The nearly completed facility is one of three Wrap-the-Equipment-style
cage-free houses built at Rose Acre's Pulaski County
complex, which replaces six cage houses torn down to
make way for the new build.
The first 378,000-bird house in Pulaski County went
online in January 2017, and the third house at the complex will receive birds in July. According to Summit,
each house of this size designed in the Wrap-theEquipment style comes at a cost to producers of nearly
$45-55 per bird, or roughly $10 million.
In an interview with Egg Industry, Miles
Ridgway, the construction company's president, and
Bryan Culp, Summit's poultry specialist, explained
the concept behind the system.
As the name suggests, the building style uses a reinforced aviary housing system as the building's super
structure, then wraps the structure horizontally with
two-inch-thick insulated metal panels to form the rest of
the layer house. By wrapping the structure horizontally,
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