Peak Performance For New Lancashire Grower

“I felt I was in safe and experienced hands with draper, who have subsequently helped me every step of the way. Justin has seriously taught me a lot. It’s a real partnership approach and I look forward to long term success!”

The challenge

When Preston livestock farmer, Robert Towers, diversified into a new area (Roaster production for H2S ), he needed to work with a company that could support, encourage and train him to succeed in his new venture. He also wanted to future proof his investment, seeking high quality, innovative design combined with practicality and an intuitive management system. And most importantly, the solution had to offer high performance to achieve optimum returns on his investment. After extensive research, Robert chose draperVENT and has not looked back since.

The solution

Heating Robert utilised a RHI grant to support his investment in biomass fuelled hot water heating. Draper recommended a HOVAL 195kW STU due to its rugged design and highly dependable performance. This was used in the two Broiler Houses, which measured 340 x 80ft. Standby and boost heat were achieved with a 300kW HOVAL LPG boiler. The draperORION computerised controllers were installed to manage the complex equipment transitions, allowing Robert to focus on managing the finer details within the sheds and maintaining the condition of the litter. The systems installed were bespoke to the UK climate, were simple, practical and easy to use, even for inexperienced contract growers. In addition, the draperVENT after-sales service was readily accessible, providing a comprehensive package of training in the use of the system with ongoing support, as opposed to the “here is a manual” approach offered by suppliers.


Once the sheds were completed and commissioned draper’s Justin Emery was on hand to guide and help with the pre-conditioning and setting out prior to placing the first chicks, and he was on hand throughout the first crop. This delivered an EPEF of 407, followed by subsequent crops at 402 and 408. A year later and Robert delivered a 416 in mid- winter. This had been delivering him earnings on average of £1.30/m2/week. His latest EPEF has reached highs of 428 and 419 respectively. Robert is planning 2 more sheds by the end of the year, and his farming neighbour is also now a draper client.

Project Gallery