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Food and Beverages | Thursday, October 15, 2020
The incorporation of technologies will greatly aid in efficiencies and help poultry producers to rise to the demands and keep pace with the changing needs of the global population.
FREMONT, CA: Poultry has been farmed for more than 4,000 years. From that time, the ways and technologies have constantly had to evolve to meet the demands of the market. To meet these growing needs, the meat and poultry industry will need to embrace the most innovative and creative technologies increasingly. Understanding and leveraging tomorrow’s technology will give real benefits in production, profitability, and animal welfare. Read on to know more.
Poultry processing and production costs remain stubbornly high due to the requirement to import proteins and surprisingly high labor costs. With increasing restrictions on antibiotic usage and consumer demands for transparency, poultry producers look to invest in the future. Some companies have come up with robotics technologies that perform a variety of functions. Robots can capture data as they roam through the poultry house, encouraging birds to move. As it roams the house, it also collects air samples, litter samples and analyzes temperature, humidity, and ammonia levels.
Predictive analytics is another change driver among the technologies. Most applications for this technology revolves around predicting bird weight at the time of processing. Processing data is vital to making poultry production more efficient and consistent. Predictive analytics can give the processor immediate feedback about bird characteristics, processing optimization, best use of resources, and line utilizations. The processor can act according to this data and get processing back on track, plan processing hours, or adjust equipment accordingly.
The worker shortage is a global problem, especially in the poultry processing industry, where skilled employees are needed to work in harsh environments. By making machines extra intelligent, companies can create a winning strategy that includes efficiency, consistency, and automation to better address the labor shortage.
It is approximated that the world poultry production will increase by 120 percent from 2010 to 2050. To meet this demand, production efficiencies must improve significantly. Therefore incorporation of digital technologies is essential than ever before.