24 May 1996

Broiler catching goes auto

TWO men can machine-catch and load over 6000 broilers an hour for transport to a processing plant using the new poultry equipment award winner at this years Poultry Fair.

Costing a cool £250,000, the system, designed and developed by Anglia Autoflow, is expected to be demonstrated to poultry processors all over Britain in the coming months.

Using a machine that has been modified since it was first shown at last years Poultry Fair one of the two operators catches the birds in the broiler house. The second supervises their transfer to empty modules on the new lorry-mounted, award-winning broiler packing machine. This transfers the filled modules via a fork-lift truck to a processing plant collection lorry.

Anglia Autoflow sales manager, Karl Brown, explained that the whole system is easily moved from site to site by towing the broiler catcher unit behind the new lorry-mounted broiler packing machine.

"We will be testing the packer ourselves for a few more weeks and by the end of June will start to demonstrate it to poultry processors," said Mr Brown.

He claims the system is more welfare friendly for broilers than hand catching and that it reduces labour costs significantly. &#42

Automated broiler – latest development from Anglia Autoflow.