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Robotics in poultry production
to transform sector
Robotics in poultry production can be expected to make the
sector more efficient, but producers should help to shape how the
technology is employed.
The market for robotics in agriculture is
forecast to reach US$11 million by 2023, according to Research and Markets. While, for
many, robots may seem the stuff of science
fiction, they are already appearing in chicken
and egg production.
Discussions at trade show SPACE
suggested that robotics would not only
transform the efficiency of livestock
production but, rather than being a
technology to be feared, their use could
make agriculture more attractive, transform the role of livestock producers
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bacterial load. Mark Clements
It may not simply be the lives of producers that are improved. Where poultry and other
of the future will be, and how they will fit into the
livestock are concerned, use of robots could improve
production methods society deems acceptable.
welfare, through reducing contact with human beings.
The evolution of the agricultural robotics indusFriend or enemy?
try is expected to gain pace. Poultry and egg proWhile there may be numerous positives to emducers must keep abreast of change and adopt new
ploying robots on the farm, there is also the risk of
technologies and, as the sector continues to mature,
various negatives. For example, society is already
producers will need to guide what exactly the robots
ever more disconnected from livestock production
THE MARKET FOR ROBOTICS in agriculture is forecast
to reach US$11 million by 2023
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