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Guest editorial

by jan henriksen

Farming the chicken of the
future - in a really smart way
Birds, producers and consumers will all benefit from the
growing application of farm intelligence.

F

arm intelligence is a buzzword in the industry.
But what does it actually mean?  
Essentially, it's a combination of new technology and observation techniques, along with data
science to improve poultry health, welfare and biosecurity, as well as business efficiencies. Farming in a
smart way will also put us light years ahead in areas
that are important to consumers, such as environmental sustainability and food chain transparency. 
Technology is getting smarter, and breeding
companies are leveraging the latest advances to keep
up with a growing global need for chicken meat.

Optimizing farm efficiency
To achieve the greatest impact, we must farm data, not just
chickens. Using modern sensors and monitoring systems,
we're able to collect data in real time, and analyze it to
achieve optimum environments for birds, along with feed
and processing efficiencies. Thus, we can advance bird
health and welfare, while reaping big economic benefits for
farmers in ways that were never before possible.  
We can set and watch conditions for temperature,
humidity and airflow. In the same way, bird comfort
levels can be assessed through their body temperatures and air quality factors such as carbon dioxide
and ammonia. Sensors known as flow meters can send
alerts when water lines are broken and, when conditions become unacceptable, farmers can be notified on
their personal devices 24/7.
The massive amounts of data we gather from our
farms can be compared with forecasts and processing

Smart farming can bring benefits at various
levels from production efficiencies and greater
sustainability to giving consumers more
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targets. Collecting and analyzing data puts us in
control, and this means greater efficiency.

Conserving water, environment, farming costs
Real-time bird growth rates and health conditions can
also be closely observed using sensors and monitors.
Feed nutrition and amounts can be adjusted for ideal bird
wellness, livability and efficiency. Feed efficiency in itself
reaps benefits on multiple levels. Think about it: The
highest operational cost is feed, and thanks to advances in
selection techniques that improve the conversion of feed
to meat, farmers can now feed more birds with less feed.
Consider the impact of greater feed efficiency on
the environment. Less feed for chickens means less
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Poultry International - July 2019
Contents
Editor’s Comment
News
How the Chinese chicken market is responding to ASF
Asia’s poultry producers must adapt to changing demands
Production issues featured at Turkish poultry conference
Farming the chicken of the future – in a really smart way
Identifying biomarkers for poultry intestinal health
How to keep broilers cool during transport to processing
Products
Marketplace
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Poultry International - July 2019 - Contents
Poultry International - July 2019 - Editor’s Comment
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Poultry International - July 2019 - News
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Poultry International - July 2019 - How the Chinese chicken market is responding to ASF
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Poultry International - July 2019 - Asia’s poultry producers must adapt to changing demands
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Poultry International - July 2019 - Production issues featured at Turkish poultry conference
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Poultry International - July 2019 - Identifying biomarkers for poultry intestinal health
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