Rearing pullets aviary farm is the order of the day due to animal welfare. This is why the Jansen “NIVOVARIA” aviary was developed. It’s a training system that leaves the hens free.
In this paragraph, the company Fuensanta explains in an interview the benefits of rearing pullets aviary farm and their experience with this and Aviporc.
We are in the province of Burgos. Burgos is characterised as a cold city, which could be contrasted with the kindness and warmth with which we were received by Alvaro Arribas, Elvira Arribas and Elvira Navarro. They’re owners of this property in which we intend to enter today, and of others that we can tell you more about later.
Thanks to the time they spent explaining us their farm, the history and the functioning of the Jansen “NIVOVARIA” pullet rearing system, we have been able to discover the pros of implementing it in our facilities:
Question: WHAT IS THE ORIGIN OF FUENSANTA? WHAT IS THE ORIGIN OF PULLET REARING AVIARY FARM?
Answer. SAT FUENSANTA was founded 40 years ago by Luis Arribas and Elvira Navarro. Our first farm was in Peñafiel. Over the years we made new investments and started up new farms and facilities. At the moment we have 4 rearing nuclei, Peñafiel (Valladolid) and La Aguilera (Burgos) for rearing in cages and Solarana (Burgos) and Cogollos (Burgos) for rearing in aviaries.
Since its foundation, more than 80 million pullets have been reared in our 4 facilities. All the farms are owned by the Arribas Navarro family. In 2021 we started up the Cogollos nucleus with an aviary rearing capacity of 140,000 places.
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THE PULLET REARING AVIARY FARM, ALSO KNOWN AS “NIVOVARIA”?
We currently have most of our layer rearing places for producing caged hen eggs, because this is still the most important production system. Moreover, we have been analysing the different types of rearing in aviaries for several years and, although they all meet rearing standards. Also, we felt that at this time it was better to lose some of the capacity offered by other rearing systems. At the finally, we opt for a system such as Jansen’s NIVOVARIA because it allowed us to train the pullet well from the first day of life and leave it ready to be a good layer.
WHAT BENEFITS WOULD YOU HIGHLIGHT FROM THE USE OF THIS REARING SYSTEM?
R. A system like Jansen’s NIVOVARIA makes it possible to train the pullet better from the first day of life. This teach it to fly and to get it used to jumping on the hanging platforms, to reach the feeders and drinkers.
EVEN THOUGH YOU ARE IN YOUR FIRST BREEDING, WHAT RESULTS ARE YOU NOTICING?
In summary, the results are better than expected. We have detected the most complicated points in the rearing process. We have taken the necessary corrective measures to achieve optimum results. What we have noticed is that the pullets are getting into the system very well for laying and feeding.
WHAT MADE YOU TRUST AVIPORC FOR THIS PROJECT?
Firstly, they designed a very specific project for the hall we had for this type of system. Secondly, they managed to optimise the physical capacity of the hall to the maximum.
ADVANTAGES OF REARING PULLETS AVIARY FARM: “NIVOVARIA”
- Train the chicks to move between different platforms and levels and in the aviary laying system.
- Easy handling compared to other aviary rearing systems.
- The entire system is equipped with plastic slats specially designed for rearing. The slats provide adequate support for the pullets’ feet.
- After each flock, the slat can be folded up, which makes it easier to clean the inside of the system.
- The drinker next to the feeder gives the chicks easy access to water during the first days.
- All lifting systems are lifted with a special non-stretch polyester rope.
- The gantry system does not need to be suspended from the ceiling, so it is easily applicable in existing farms.
May these interviews and the data they provide us with be just another result of a job well done. Fortunately, this good job wouldn’t be possible without human labour that decides to immerse itself in these “poultry adventures” on a daily basis. In conclusion, let us continue to work for what we want.