Technology first for Australia, in the latest Ryan-Ryte broiler shed complex build

Chris Frenery, Byron Mellet and Adam Ryan.

Ryan-Ryte Enterprises is well known in the poultry industry and has been designing and building turn-key commercial poultry facilities for more than 40 years.

“As a company we have always been dedicated to improving the facilities and outcomes for our valuable clients through innovative, efficient new technologies,” Adam Ryan, Managing Director of Ryan-Ryte Enterprises explained.

“During the 1990s, Ryan-Ryte was an industry leader, introducing climate control technology from Europe, which helped shape the industry into what it is today in Australia.

“Fast forward to 2020, and nothing has changed as the company is still looking for opportunities to improve and produce the best end product for its clients,” Adam said.

“It was with this mindset that in late 2019 Ryan-Ryte Enterprises and SKOV made the decision to partner together to service the Australian market.

“SKOV is known to be a worldwide industry leader in ventilation systems, so it is a great alliance as both companies are prominent in providing the highest performing quality solutions available for the Australian poultry industry.

Also in 2019, Byron Mellet joined Ryan-Ryte Enterprises, bringing more than 10 years of experience with SKOV technology from South Africa.

“In fact Ryan Ryte’s latest project has seen the introduction of the SKOV Climate Control Technology, which is being installed for the first time in Australia into a commercial poultry setting, with the construction of Chris Freney’s new 16 shed broiler complex in Victoria.

Chris is a contract grower for Inghams and has two farms, with eight sheds on each. Presently four sheds are operational.

“This particular project saw the introduction of SKOV IBH 100 Indirect Heaters used primarily during the cooler months of the year and the latest controllable technology Chill Fans and High-Pressure Cooling for the warmer periods.”

“Comparably, at the end of 2019, we also completed another 16 shed poultry site within the same shire that had the same number of sheds, shed dimensions and SKOV LPC (variable speed energy efficient) ventilation system and equipment.

However, it did not feature the additional IBH Indirect Heaters, Chill Fans and HP Cooling.”

“As the two farms geographically share the same weather conditions, this has given us the opportunity to benchmark and compare the performance differences between the two sites with accuracy.”

“After completing the first batch using the IBH 100 Indirect Gas Heaters, we were able to ascertain that the sheds benefited from having an average of 10%-15% lower humidity than other sheds in the area that used the direct gas heaters,” Byron Mellett explained.

“As litter management has become more important, the benefits that the IBH Indirect Heaters provide have become increasingly necessary and are significant.

“Wet litter can lead to higher ammonia levels in sheds, damage to birds’ feet, and cause breast blisters which are both welfare and meat quality issues.

“As the IBH Indirect heaters do not emit CO2 and humidity into the shed whilst heating, we are able control the minimum ventilation interventions using a CO2 sensor and the use of advanced SKOV technology, thus significantly reducing ventilation interventions over the first seven days.

“There are also cost savings in reducing gas consumption, and a reduction in electricity usage due to the lower ventilation rates, although since the introduction of RSPCA prtocols, when it comes to heating options, cost is no longer the only consideration when deciding on what heating type to use.

“Currently, we have another eight shed project in progress where the client has also elected to use the IBH Indirect heaters and two other project sites that are trialling the heaters in single sheds,” explained Byron.

“In addition to the IBH100 heaters, also installed for the warmer months, are the SKOV Chill Fans to be used in combination with high pressure fogging side mode cooling.”

“This particular ventilation system benefits most when there is low outside humidity on hot days – this allows the system to work well by using the HP cooling system to maximise the cooling effect.”

“Specifically, atomised water particles are added into the air inside the livestock house. These water particles evaporate in the heated housing air, thereby cooling down the air. With correct conditions, it is possible to lower the temperature in the livestock house by 2-10°C.”

“This temperature reduction is realisable without the increased air humidity having negative consequences for the animals and litter.”

“Additionally, the Chill Fans makes it seem even cooler, promoting an even distribution of broilers, and ensuring a uniform house. The subsequent increased air velocity also contributes to maintaining a dry litter.

“Another benefit of this type of ventilation system is that it keeps the sheds from transitioning into tunnel mode for extended periods of time and this was a key factor for our client Chris Freney.

“Tunnel ventilation is necessary for keeping the birds cool, however it is not ideal for uniformity of the temperature in the sheds.

“In fact tunnel ventilation is often referred to as being ‘emergency ventilation’ because it causes a difference in temperature between the front and rear of the sheds often causing migration of birds from the back of the sheds to the front.

“The lack of uniformity in temperatures in the sheds often translates to a lack of uniformity in the weights of the broilers.

“The more uniform we can keep the sheds with regards to temperature, the better chance we have of producing uniform broilers – this system allows us to best achieve an optimum litter quality.”

Finally, good quality water is being produced on the site via a 400,000 litre per day Reverse Osmosis System, which will enable the HP Cooling to continue working efficiently.

With his first batch of chickens completed, Chris Freney commented that he has been impressed with the shed build and SKOV climate control technology, specifically noting there was “a very good distribution of uniform heat throughout the shed, with appearance of cold spots”.

Due to COVID 19 travel restrictions, Poultry Digest was unable to visit the Chris Freney site, however, has previously visited many Ryan-Ryte built farms during the past 20 years.

With the project to be completed by the end of the year, we look forward to a follow up visit once restrictions have eased to see the site completed.

Interestingly, the farm owner Chris Freney was in Primary Media’s very first issue of Poultry Digest and it is fitting that he is featuring again on our 20-year anniversary.