BRAZIL – JBS, one of the world’s leading food processing companies, has successfully resumed operations at its state-of-the-art broiler hatchery in Rolândia, Paraná.

The facility, responsible for 12% of the chicks produced by Seara, a subsidiary of JBS, underwent a remarkable recovery and modernization effort after a fire incident in 2023.

The company invested 135 million reais (approximately US$27.49 million) to rebuild the facility, making it the largest and most technologically advanced hatchery in Brazil.

The Rolândia hatchery, known for its technological sophistication, has a remarkable capacity to incubate over 16 million fertile eggs per month.

Employing a single-stage incubation process, considered one of the best in the industry, the facility allows for the simultaneous placement and removal of eggs from the machines in each incubation cycle.

This process ensures effective cleaning and disinfection, contributing to an elevated standard of quality.

Emphasizing animal welfare principles, the hatchery incorporates features such as a climate control room, alarm system, and comprehensive environmental monitoring with cameras throughout the facility.

To enhance safety, fire control instruments have been strategically installed.

“Everything was designed to ensure excellent levels of efficiency and optimization of natural resources,” Vamiré Luiz Sens Júnior, executive manager of agriculture for Seara, stated highlighting the focus on modernization during the reconstruction.

The hatchery’s strategic location closer to the farms not only improves efficiency but also reduces transportation time for eggs and chicks, enhancing service to integrated partners.

The reconstruction also introduced a reverse osmosis process, filtering water through specific equipment to retain particles and pollutants, resulting in an estimated saving of approximately 200,000 liters of water per month through the use of distilled water in incubation processes.

Scheduled to commence operations in the second half of February, the Rolândia hatchery underwent reconstruction in a record time of just 10 months, involving the collective effort of 200 workers.

With the resumption of activities, the facility is expected to have a workforce of 155 employees, contributing to the local economy and reinforcing JBS’s commitment to sustainable and technologically advanced operations in the poultry industry.

 

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