Maple Lodge Farms’ new trailers improve welfare, load times
By Canadian Poultry magazineFeatures New Technology Production
Magnum Trailer & Equipment delivers 35 custom live haul poultry trailers.
Magnum Trailer & Equipment Inc, a manufacturer and service provider for heavy duty trucks and trailers, has completed delivery of 35 new poultry trailers to Ontario-based Maple Lodge Farms.
“These trailers are designed to improve the internal environment for the birds, by moderating the temperature, improving on-off loading and using smooth steel surfaces that are quick to clean for improved biosecurity,” said Mel Wubs, VP trailers and engineering for Magnum Trailer.
The entire fleet was designed, manufactured and delivered within one year.
Multi zone, full height, electric sliding vent panels optimize air flow and control interior temperature changes due to fluctuations in exterior climate, as well as the build-up of heat and humidity from the birds.
The vent panels are computer controlled with a secondary manual control panel for direct operator control.
The 53-foot trailers have Strenx 100XF steel deck surfaces for high durability and light weight that reduce spray down times and have rounded corners that are resistant to residue build-up.
The Magnum clear-span hydraulic raising roof, combined with electric roll up curtains improves loading times and simplifies module securement.
“Magnum’s engineering team worked with us to design features that would improve poultry welfare, which is really important to us,” said Fred Marques, COO of Maple Lodge Farms.
“We were impressed with their material choices and manufacturing process to deliver a quality trailer that is expected to significantly increase the life expectancy over our previous fleet.”
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