Inside the IEC poultry shed at Woodseaves © IECInside the IEC poultry shed at Woodseaves, Staffordshire © IEC

Poultry firm IEC have launched a poultry site in Staffordshire, which has been designed to develop best practice in hygiene and biosecurity measures.

The new site in Woodseaves comprises four broiler sheds, sited in parallel with a central corridor providing access and viewing windows into each building.

The new-build broiler sheds have been contracted to leading poultry producer Moy Park and are completely heated by a biomass heating system installed by IEC, part of family owned farming business Wilson Farms.

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Each shed measures 116m by 24m and each of the four will house 58,000 birds.

The new IEC site at Woodseaves © IEC

The new IEC site at Woodseaves © IEC

Incorporated features include showers at the entrance and exits to the central corridor, dedicated control rooms and specific protective clothing for each shed, dead-bird cool stores at midway points and separate areas and facilities for catchers.

The biomass boilers in the shed © IEC

The biomass boilers in the shed © IEC

Feed bins have also been erected, outside of the “clean” concrete shed aprons, allowing feed to be blown into bins and then delivered by augers under the concrete floors.

In order to reduce costs, the full heat demand of the 11,696sq m bird areas, plus four future sheds, will be met by four Linka biomass boilers.

An extra addition – to maximise the use of space and productivity onsite, is a drying floor incorporated into the energy building, heated by the four biomass boilers.

Charity clay shoot

The launch took place along with IEC’s annual charity clay shoot, which raised £1,500 for the Midlands Air Ambulance.

The shoot attracted 39 teams made up of 150 of IEC’s biomass boiler and Softlay bedding customers, farmers, suppliers and representatives from local organisations.

Sam Kenworthy, Softlay sales manager at IEC and shoot organiser, said: “Timings fell that our new poultry site would be almost complete at the same time as our annual charity shoot.

“It seemed like a great opportunity to enable our guests to have a look around the innovative site before the birds moved in.”