“I was born on a broiler farm, not far from where I farm now. I had the opportunity to become part of the build-up program with the British Columbia Egg Marketing Board, which gave six successful applicants the opportunity to farm. I had to write a business plan that was reviewed by a panel, and I was one of the fortunate ones.”
Matt Vane is a farmer in Chilliwack, Canada. He is a proud owner of a poultry farm, in Canada things go differently: “In Canada we have quota like in Holland, but here it is production based. Canada has a set amount of laying hens in the country.”
How big is your poultry farm?
“Our farm is not that big, we farm a little over 20,000 layers and raise pullets as well. We started in 2012, so almost 10 years ago. With the help of a co-worker we also manage a number of broiler barns as well. All of our layer production is certified organic.”
“I have two single-tier nest barns and one aviary. My experience with the Vencomatic products is very positive, the company is great. If it wasn’t so far away I would work there, haha. I have been on the campus twice and even met Cor and Ton van de Ven. I very much appreciate how the company works, always looking for improvements. They have simple solutions for difficult challenges, it’s genius.”
Who are your contact persons at Vencomatic Group?
“I usually have contact with Erik Draaijer, he is my guy and I deal with him directly. Erik and I often share a lot of ideas, I am very pleased with the cooperation. I also chat with Maikel Veron. Maikel and I have done a couple of tours together, including a tour in France a couple years ago. And I also have had a lot of contact with Gerben Kuenen and Marco van Zelst with regards to the Meggsius products I installed. It is a pity that because of COVID it is hard to meet with these guys personally.”
“I also have the full Meggsius package: Count, Control etc. I am happy with the extra efficiency, the reduction of cracks and expedited collection times. We are now in the phase that we can start using information from the data, but it’s still a work in progress. We can then monitor the behaviour of the chickens in the barn: which areas do they avoid and why. We want to learn more and more about chickens laying eggs in the “wrong” spots and about the bird’s behaviour, in order to farm better. That is what Meggsius is all about.”
“I never was a tech guy or into computers, but I like working with the web based interface of Meggsius. The data is easy to track, compare and learn. It is easy to collect important information and improve your performance. Of course there are some things that can be better, but like everything else Erik and I will chat about it and work to making it perfect. In this way the customers are part of the innovation, I like that idea.”