Consumers relate yolk color with nutritional value and the welfare of the hen. They are correct; a golden yolk always comes from a healthy hen. To deliver the product the customers want, a yolk pigmentation program must be established including good health, nutrition and the right level of carotenoids.
By using the dsm-firmenich Yolk pigmentation guidelines, you can establish the precise levels of carotenoids needed to meet your target.
The standard on egg pigmentation technology across the value chain has been the dsm-firmenich YolkFan™ for the last six decades (YolkFan™ History) in different versions. The latest update was in 2016 with the addition of one extra blade.
While the traditional YolkFan™ is advantageous in terms of reliability and practicality, it has some drawbacks: reading variations according to light conditions and reader and limitations on data management. For this reason, the digital YolkFan™ was developed - in accordance with NIX™color sensor - to ensure consistency, objectivity and data storage capabilities for egg yolk pigmentation, moving into the digital era. All the farms, all the time, in the palm of your hand.
After a few years, and thousands of digital YolkFan™ units being sold to egg enthusiast around the globe, the next generation is here, the digital YolkFan™ Pro with chicken skin, tarso and egg yolk color reading capabilities.
It gives you the possibility to handle and collect data from several units in one central dashboard, unlocking the power of your smart phone for you to take the right decisions.
Please note that the digital YolkFan™ Pro is only available for dsm-firmenich customers and Academic associates.
A bright yolk is always coming from a healthy hen. Always.
Both methods are 96% comparable.
No, the regular digital YolkFan™ is calibrated for yolk pigmentation only.
No, calibration is not necessary as the digital YolkFan™ is designed to be extremely stable over time - especially if it is kept clean and free from any dust or debris.
The battery can be recharged hundreds of times. Each charge should last for thousands of scans.
Environmental factors such as temperature can sometimes affect battery life. It's best to plug in the device at the end of the day to ensure a full charge the following morning.
In the phone app, go to "More". The battery level is shown there.
This is planned for a second phase of the development of this capability.
This is not recommended. The adaptor functions also as a protector and the digital YolkFan™ has been calibrated to be used with it.
No, the digital YolkFan™ has been precalibrated.
The new digital YolkFan™ Pro gives you the ability to scan the color of egg yolks, chicken shank, and chicken skin. The new app gives the farmer a precise Carophyll recommendation to achieve a target DSM YolkFan number.
With proper care, the digital YolkFan™ can be expected to last for three years and more.
The app is available on both Android (operating system 4.3 and above) and Apple (operating system iOS 9.2 and above). It's also important to have "Location Services" and "Bluetooth" enabled on your phone before you open the app.
The app can be found in both IOS and Android systems.
Yes, but the user will only be able to measure egg yolk color. It's important to note that the OLD digital YolkFan™ app will still exist in its present form as a separate app.
It is always important to store the digital YolkFan™ Pro at room temperature and in a dry environment when not in use. Please be very careful to keep the inside of the device clean. It is best NEVER to touch the lens or LEDs on the inside of the aperture. If you MUST clean the inside of the aperture, wipe it very gently with a clean, damp cloth. Avoid the use of any harsh chemicals.
No, the digital YolkFan™ Pro can only be obtained via DSM.
You can use the 1st-generation digital YolkFan™ continuously with current apps but cannot use the new Digital YolkFan™ Pro app. The digital YolkFan™ Pro is needed to install the digital YolkFan™ Pro app.
Not if you are using the yolk adaptor. It is recommended to use a white-colored container.
It is not available yet but is scheduled for release in the third quarter of 2021.
No it is calibrated exactly the same as the printed version of the YolkFan™.
Yes. Just scan the yolk color.
No, the geographical location is needed to operate the connection. However, it will not be visible to DSM (nor will the rest of your data).
It is stored on the Cloud and is only available to the user, not to DSM.