Poultry International - January 2018 - 42
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recognized in SPACE
New products and innovations for chicken and egg
production were recognized at SPACE 2017.
Chicken and egg production products once again
were featured in the most recent Innov'Space awards, the
awards program that has taken place each year at France's
trade show SPACE for more than two decades.
Across species, there were almost 160 products and
services up for consideration.
Nine products were award one star last year, none were
given two, but two products received the highest accolade
- three stars.
DSM Nutritional Product's Digital YolkFan, developed in conjunction with Nix Sensor Ltd., was one of the
two products last year to win three stars. Digital YolkFan
brings egg color measurement into the digital era, and is
the first color sensor developed to measure egg yolk color
Powered by a handheld Nix
Sensor, which has its own light
source and blocks out ambient
light, the Digital YolkFan allows
a more accurate and easy way of
recording the color of egg yolks
DSM's Digital YolkFan is
and displays results via a smarta digital extension of the
company's YolkFan, providing
PickPuck feed distribution
the same practicality and
equipment, from Big Dutchman
colors, but extended into a
International, has been designed
digital tool. DSM
to stimulate hens' natural behavior
of searching out
food, helping to prevent boredom.
Also a recipient of three stars,
PickPuck from Big
a swinging plate with
Dutchman keeps birds
a coarse surface that
stimulated and smooths
is suspended below a
beaks at the same time.
drop pipe delivering
feed. When a hen
knocks or pecks the
plate, a small amount of feed is dispensed which can then
be eaten. The coarse nature of the plate also helps to wear
down her beak. Grains that fall into the litter also help to
promote natural scratching behavior.
BlueFan ventilation equipment from Skov is a flangemounted, corrosion-free fan with a cone and motor-controlled shutter. The BlueFan can be used in combi-tunnel
and tunnel ventilated houses and is controlled by the climate computer. It is available in a version focusing on low
energy consumption and a version focusing on maximizing air output. Both are available in several variants.
BlueFan has a tightly closed motorized shutter, preventing unwanted air movement when not in operation,
and a direct drive motor to reduce maintenance. The
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