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access to a fenced-off outdoor
space, with plantings and tree
stumps offering stimulation.
And a similar environment has
been created within the house. A
full-height naturally illuminated
atrium runs down the building's
center, and the indoor and outdoor areas can be fully cleaned,
reducing disease pressure.
According to Marijke de
Jong, program manager for the
Dutch Society for the Protection
of Animals' Beter Leven quality
mark, among the welfare benefits
offered by Kipster is that hens
reared on the farm will be less
stressed than those reared using
more traditional methods, and so
there will be less cannibalism.
Poultry welfare considerations were taken into account
from the very start of the farm's
design phase and the facility is
expected to be awarded three
stars once officially reviewed for
While poultry welfare may be
a core consideration, the Kipster
design does not focus exclusively
on welfare, and was also developed with the environment and
sustainability in mind.
The roof is covered in solar
panels and no fossil fuels are
used on the site.
The farm works to an extremely
low ammonia standard of approximately 0.025 kg per chicken and
fine particle emissions are 90 perJanuary 2018 ❙ www.WATTAgNet.com
cent lower than an average farm.
The farm sources feed locally
and does not use ingredients that
could be used for human consumption. It works with surplus
foodstuffs from the local food
industry, with waste product
sourced from a local baked
goods producer and transformed
by a local feed mill.
The farm's eggs are packed on
the farm and delivered directly, so
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