Poultry International - March 2018 - 21
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FRENCH CHICKEN FARMER SHARES ANTIBIOTIC-FREE SUCCESS
cides applied via spray. Houses are closed to prevent the
entry of people and animals.
New bedding - buckwheat husks at 2 kg/m2 - is blown
in to prevent the unnecessary entry of people or machines
that might result in contamination.
To ensure that bedding remains dry, the in house temperature is initially set to 38 C, and then lowered in stages
to 35 C and then 32 C.
Antibiotic-free production needs
Once houses are restocked, Dahirel is able to monitor
them and control temperatures and ventilation using a
smartphone or tablet. Via in-house cameras, bird movements can be monitored to observe any potential health
Water is treated with hypochlorous acid to break down
contamination, including microorganisms, and Dahirel
believes this is key. ■
An independent producer, Dahirel
farms primarily Ross 308 birds and, on
occasion, Cobb 500.
Males and females are reared separated in the same house with an average
stocking density of 18.15 birds per square
He rears larger birds than the average
French producers. Females are reared to
34-35 days and reach weights of 1.8-1.9
kg, while males are kept to 45-48 days,
reaching an average weight of 3.3-3.5 kg.
Males are sold to McDonald's under a
2-3 year contract, while the lighter females
are sold to supermarkets.
Chicks and feed are sourced locally.
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