Effective use of modular loading equipment at the farm has specific requirements with respect to laneways, ceiling heights, loading door heights and widths, and external pad areas outside the barn to facilitate loading of the trailers. Exact requirements will vary depending on the barn.
Single storey barns are best suited to maximize the benefits of modular loading including significantly reduced loading time (50% less) and less handling of birds. Side or end door loading can be used if the doors are designed for forklift access.
Most two storey barns can be adapted for modular loading if the minimum weight bearing requirements can be met on the second floor. Weight bearing requirements will depend on whether second floor loading is achieved through side or end doors. Side door loading from the second floor is achieved by placing the empty modules just inside the load out doors thus the weight bearing requirement is concentrated within the vicinity of the load out doors.
Three storey barns are not recommended for modular loading because the benefits of modular loading are significantly reduced when birds are handed down to the second floor.
Currently, there are more than 1800 chicken barns in production in Ontario. Most barns or yards will require at least some modification to become modular-ready, so it is recommended that farmer-members consult with their processor to better understand their implementation timelines as well as any system-specific requirements they may have.
Barn modifications are already underway (or completed) for a number of Farm Fresh farmers who have implemented modular loading systems following their processor’s adoption of the system in May of 2016.
CLICK HERE / CLIQUEZ ICI to access the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs Transition on the Ontario Broiler Chicken Farm to Modular Loading FactSheet.
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