Miller Poultry, a producer of Amish-grown, antibiotic-free poultry, has commissioned a complete renovation of its broiler hatchery in Goshen, Ind. The refurbished hatchery will be equipped with 27 SmartPro NF setters, accompanying hatchers and supporting ventilation, for a weekly setting capacity of approximately 1.1 million eggs.
SmartPro NF single-stage incubation allows for precise zonal temperature control, delivering a higher hatch of fertile eggs and superior chick uniformity. Miller’s entire incubation and hatching process will be integrated with the SmartCenterPro hatchery management system, Pas Reform’s most advanced, next-generation hatchery information software.
“It is the right time to significantly upgrade our hatchery and go 100% single stage,” vice president of live operations Stephen Shepard said. “When we analyzed the health, robustness and uniformity of the day-old chicks produced by our current SmartPro NF single-stage equipment, we were left in no doubt that this was the best route to continue innovating incubation in our company.”
Miller Poultry, family owned since 1942, specializes in antibiotic-free, all-vegetable-fed poultry that are raised on small Amish family farms.
“We are one of the original users of NatureForm single-stage equipment,” owner Galen Miller said. “It has been great to watch them grow and advance over the years, and we are happy to move forward together with them in this new phase of our operations.”