The new hatchery, located 15 km from Bolu city centre, will be equipped with modular, single-stage incubation technologies from Pas Reform, to deliver an annual capacity of 6.25 million turkey poults. Erpiliç plans to increase its production capacity at the site by more than 300%, from 5,400 to 18,000 turkeys daily.
The site was initially acquired by Erpiliç in 2016, making it the first Turkish processor to invest in turkey meat. Erpiliç’s vertically-integrated operation includes a feed factory, hatcheries, breeding facilities and a production plant, supported by 1,300 contract farmers and 70 dealers.
The project also includes the installation of an entire range of hatchery automation systems and a fully integrated climate control (HVAC) system for the egg storage room and the setter and hatcher rooms, which is fitted with inlet filters with bacterial protection to generate additional bio-security. Energy Saving Modules have also been incorporated to deliver substantial savings in energy cost and greater sustainability in the hatchery’s operation.
Erpiliç production coordinator Mr. Mete Güçbilmez said: “In the past decade we have seen significant growth in the market for turkey meat. The time is right to develop a new hatchery that will enable us to become a leading turkey meat producer.”
Sake Yalcin, CEO of Refarm AS, Pas Reform’s representative in Turkey, added: “Erpiliç installed our first SmartPro solution in Turkey and is now about to install our first turkey hatchery in the country.
“We’re proud that our integrated hatchery solutions are supporting Erpiliç to achieve its growth plans and we look forward to working with the company to provide ongoing service and support.”