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Time. Also, "Water requirements [for farm animals]
will be raised to that of human quality drinking water," said Fabian.
I, chicken robot
Although it might appear like a dystopian science
fiction movie, "No doubt robotics will be all across the
poultry business," assured Penz. It is likely that the main
issue will be efficiency. "Automation and mechanization will be essential to permit cost effective, controlled,
repeatable and reliable production," emphasized Jassen
Jackman, sales manager at Vencomatic. "Artificial intelligence could interpret animal behavior in real-time,
signal where intervention is needed and order the unit/
equipment to carry it out."
There will be further automation of feeder lines, allowing proper access and levels, plus automated height
adjustments. Automation of drinker line pressures
and consumption will be graphed to show hourly bird
consumption. "Future feeders and drinkers, as well as
supplements, may be administered in a ration manner,
where birds that have eaten will no longer have access to
feed," added LaPak.
Replacing wires with wireless or Bluetooth will be
a means to reduce installation, labor and maintenance
costs, explained Fabian. There is also potential in alterNovember 2017 ❙ www.WATTAgNet.com
JUST AS DRONES ARE
USED IN AGRICULTURE
NOW, in the future they
may fly through a poultry
house to apply a treatment
native concepts like heated floors, which would enable
smarter energy use while maintaining ideal floor temperature for dry litter with less ammonia. On climate
control systems, LaPak said that they will continue to
Robotics will also be more utilized for bird harvesting and mortality disposal. But all this "will have to become far more animal welfare-oriented," said Michel De
Clercq, managing director of Petersime.
Drones, videos, microchips and biosecurity
Any tool that decreases manual intervention has
plenty of potential for the industry. For instance, "Drones
may fly through a house to apply a treatment or vaccine," highlighted Vandi, or "Video monitoring of bird
activity will probably be required to exhibit bird health
and potential house equipment issues," added LaPak.
Managing birds and making decisions from a distance
will be the rule. Drones can also be used to stimulate
birds and retrieve mortalities. And cameras, in combination with heat and motion sensors, can alert producers on
the movement and condition of birds.
But this can go further: the use of small microchips
in birds to monitor bird health. LaPak thinks that data
acquisition could be made accessible to the public, and
clear indications of producers may be made available to