Northern Ireland’s largest poultry producer, Moy Park, is set to become one of the first companies in the UK to use a next-generation chicken catching machine on its broiler farms.
The Apollo Universal Generation 2 was designed through a unique partnership between Moy Park, Lincolnshire-based NK Agricultural Service, CM Agricultural Limited and Italian firm Ciemmecalabria.
Moy Park’s director of agriculture, David Gibson, says the introduction of the catching machine is part of their move to maintain high welfare standards throughout their production.
See below for a video of the first generation Apollo Universal Chicken Havester in action.
“This year, over 60% of the chicken that we will produce will exceed ACP (Assured Chicken Production) standards.
“A key part of this higher welfare process is how the birds are collected and we are leading the way with the introduction of this new collecting machine.”
The machine uses textured, rubberised conveyer belts to pick the birds up off the floor and then move them along its length to transport cages at the rear.
All operators of Apollo machines will be required to have an NVQ Level 3 qualification.
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