April 24, 2019


What's it like having a worry free hatchery for 40 years? Jamesway explains




To Canada-based, leading incubation company Jamesway, a worry free hatchery is a state of mind. Speaking to eFeedLink at VIV Asia 2019, President Denis Kan says that this state of mind is "peace of mind", where customers have the assurance that their machines are "easy to install, use, and maintain".


"Customers have the confidence that our machines are biosecure, are safe for them, are energy efficient, and ultimately save money for their hatchery operations. They don't need to worry about the performance or consistency of our machines. Chick uniformity is a keyword in the industry and for Jamesway," Kan adds.


According to Kan, Jamesway saw many customers coming from distant regions at the VIV Asia event, including Africa, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia. "Many of them still have Jamesway machines that are working after many years, with some as long as 40 years. They want to make sure they can get spare parts, and we have an online parts website, launched in 2018, where they can easily place an order. If a spare part is no longer available, we introduce conversions to help ensure the continued use of their machine investment. In addition, if somewhere down the road there are changes in the hatchery environment, the customer can make a call and our service team will discuss the options available. This is all part of Jamesway after-sales servicing and support which is critical in ensuring a worry free hatchery for customers," Kan elaborates.


With such a strong customer commitment, Jamesway is understandably among the top incubation companies the world, according to Kan, and is the "dominant market leader in North America, having a very strong presence there which it can leverage for the rest of the world."


However, Kan is quick to stress that Jamesway services hatcheries and farms of all sizes and has appropriate equipment for each market. He explains: "We have a vision for the future where poultry products would be affordable and accessible across the world, and we share this vision with customers too. Customers don't have to be large; for example, in this part of the world, there are a lot of independent hatcheries and farms which are critical in ensuring ample supplies to their local markets."


"Our largest equipment can incubate up to 129,000 eggs. 20,000 to 40,000 eggs are common in Asia. Our smallest incubator for 10,000 eggs, the P10, is our latest machine introduced to the market," Kan illustrates.


In terms of incubation quality, Jamesway has enabled producers in other countries to adopt international quality standards of Canada, Europe and the United States. "We manage to a certain standard, regardless of the region, and our customers understand the importance of incubation quality. At the end of the day the development of the embryo goes through the same process. Of course, there are regional differences; for example, the climate has a factor, and our machines are adapted to suit hot and humid climates such as in Africa and South America to very cold climates such as in Russia," Kan says.


He stresses: "Incubation equipment is a capital investment with a horizon of 25 to 35 years. If you purchase equipment strictly based upon price you run the risk of not knowing whether the quality of the equipment would last you even 10 years, for example."


"The development of the embryo and the environment the eggs are in, are some of the most important aspects in determining the quality of the chick. Jamesway has over 120 years of experience in the incubation industry, and we continue to invest in our expertise in embryonic science," sums up Kan.


Early feeding


At the VIV Asia event, Dr. Keith Bramwell, Technical Consultant, Manager, gave a conference presentation entitled "Early feeding".


"While it is well accepted that optimum day-old chick management should be such that chicks are started off correctly with feed, water and conditions ready for them as soon as they get to the brooding facility. However, 'early feeding', in terms of feeding chicks immediately after hatch and while still in the hatch baskets is not beneficial to the chick in terms of bird's welfare or bird performance and developmentally the digestive system of the newly hatched chick is not ready to digest feed at this stage of development.  Immediately after hatch there is no need to feed the chicks; the yolk will absorb nutrients until the chicks start off together, just as occurs in nature. Four to six hours after all the chicks have hatched and dried, they then all go eat, they are then ready to consume and efficiently digest feed.  Just as we know that we should not set eggs immediately after they are laid because there are some necessary changes to pH and albumin quality, we now know that the freshly hatched chick also needs time to be ready for feed consumption," Dr. Bramwell shares with eFeedLink.


He adds: "In incubation, controlling temperature, humidity, ventilation and gas exchange are key. Jamesway equipment is uniquely designed such that ventilation in the whole incubation cabinet is kept uniform, enabling a narrow hatch window. For example, we can have a central fan with four smaller fans, which is also more energy efficient."