Korte keten vleeskuikenhouderij : openbare samenvatting fase 2 van project ACD-01.003 AKK co-innovatieprogramma Duurzame Agro Foodketens

P.F.M.M. Roelofs, A.C. Smits

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Between 2002 and 2006, the feasibility of a regional chain for sustainable production of poultrymeat is studied. The study is initiated by a company, owned by a family of broiler growers(Kuijpers Kip) and is financed by the Ministry of agriculture, nature management and fisheriesand the Ministry of transport, public works and water management. Representatives of the Dutchpoultry business, non-governmental organizations and knowledge organizations engineered thestudy. The goal of this study was to design a concept for a regional and sustainable productionchain for poultry meat and meat products, and to judge its feasibility. The study was divided intwo phases.During the fist phase, alternative scenarios for poultry meat production are designed, and for allscenarios technical, economical, legal, organizational and commercial feasibility, socialacceptation, animal welfare and environmental effects (with attention for transport effects) areexplored. Four alternative scenarios for broiler production and three different slaughtering andprocessing scenarios are designed. In the alternative broiler production scenarios, the last threedays of the incubation and the hatching don¿t take place at a hatchery but at the broiler plant.After 18 days of incubation, the eggs are placed in litter on the floor or on a battery. In the fourdifferent scenarios the time on the battery was 0, 10, 18 or 42 days, respectively.The slaughtering and processing and scenario¿s were: slaughtering and processing at the poultryfarm; slaughtering at the farm (mobile slaughtering plant) and processing in a traditionalprocessing company, and slaughtering and processing in a traditional poultry processing plant.During the second phase, the scenario `physical short chain¿ is studied in detail. In this physicalshort chain, the hatching process, broiling and slaughtering are concentrated at one large poultryplant. After slaughtering the carcasses are transported to a processing company, but the farmerdirects the process. Therefore he is responsible for the total process and for the final product.Tests and calculations concerning production of the poultry, costs for slaughter, marketing, andreduction of transport costs indicate that the physical short chain is economical practicable.Reduction of transport for day-old chicks and matured chickens is about 400.000 km/year forthis company.
Original languageDutch
Place of PublicationWageningen
PublisherAgrotechnology & Food Innovations
Number of pages42
ISBN (Print)9789085850090
Publication statusPublished - 2006

Publication series

NameRapport / Wageningen UR, Agrotechnology & Food Innovations
PublisherAgrotechnology & Food Innovations


  • broilers
  • broiler production
  • poultry farming
  • poultry housing
  • poultry meat
  • slaughter
  • sustainability
  • feasibility studies
  • agro-industrial chains
  • supply chain management

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