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By Food and Beverages | Tuesday, December 03, 2019

The world is being bombarded with new innovations every other day. The poultry farming industry needs to meet this growth by adopting new technologies. Some may seem to be a little unconventional or strange, but isn’t that true of all transformation ideas?

FREMONT, CA: People have been farming poultry for over 4,000 years. It has been estimated that the consumption of chicken meat will surpass that of pork by 2022. The demand is increasing day by day, and to meet these demands, the poultry farming industry needs to adopt the most creative and innovative ideas. 

The following are the top three innovations that every poultry farm or factory should embrace.

1. Augmented Reality (AR)

AR enhances a user’s perception of the world by overlaying information and showing things that are not visible to the human eye. 

This technology can be used in many ways in poultry processing. Most recently, Georgia tech is trailing two systems at a processing plant. The first one being a location-tracked, head-mounted unit guides trimmers where and how to prepare a bird through an overlay on their screen. The second utilizes a laser-scanner in a fixed location near the line to the project trimming instructions directly onto the project.

Besides, consumers can use AR for gathering more information about the source and their food processes. Thus, AR facilitates transparency, which is very good for business customer relationships. 

2. Virtual Reality (VR)

VR engages users in an entirely new and control environment. VR is used to train line works on how to trim meat, how to check animals, or walk through a horse without disturbing the birds.

The other use lies with the consumers. Offering users with a virtual tour of a facility or a line will promote transparency. However, its disadvantage here is being the high cost of production for this kind of service for intangible, direct gains.

The third use is an unusual one in which VR headsets are placed on the chickens. This enables them to enjoy free-range life wherever they are. 

3. Egg sexing

It is vital for farmers to incubate for hatching some eggs to replace laying hens. However, this resulted in male eggs being brooded and allowed to hatch.

Early egg sexing avoids the requirement to cull unwanted chicks and cut down expenses and enhance efficiency. This results in a margin increase and more ethical farming.

Understanding and harnessing technology will provide real benefits in profitability, production, and animal welfare, which is important to all the forward-thinking businesses.

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