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Technology will change the way
the international poultry industry
does business. The only question is
how soon it will happen.
9 technological forces that could shape the
future of the industry
■ 3-D printing: Three-dimensional printing is al-
ready dropping in price and increasing in accessibility and will likely soon see applications on the
farm and inside the household. On the farm, 3-D
printing could help extend the lives of valuable
breeding stock by printing replacement appendages - like feet - and help minimize production
losses by saving valuable animals. In the home,
3-D printers capable of making simple foods are
already available at increasingly affordable prices.
Connolly asked if soluble proteins could one day be
available to print protein-rich foods at home.
Robotics will find increasing application on
the farm and in processing. Already, a French company, Octopus Robots, is producing and selling robots designed to work in the poultry house. Robots
bring the benefit of reduced biosecurity risk - they
don't leave the farm, so they can't carry diseases
into the house from elsewhere - higher resistance
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Disruption of long-established business models is
the definitive trend in the recent history of the global
economy. The poultry industry, along with the rest of
international agriculture, may be the next field to be
shaken by disruptive technologies and entrepreneurs.
On January 31, 2018, as part of the 2018
International Production & Processing Expo in
Atlanta, Aidan Connolly, chief innovation officer and vice president of corporate accounts for
Alltech, analyzed nine technological forces that
will likely shake the poultry industry in the near
future. Connolly cautioned the industry leaders
present to not ignore technological innovations, lest
they find themselves on the outside looking in.
The poultry industry's biggest deficiency, he said,
is the lack of data collection and data use. If farmers
and processors had greater access to information, like
feed consumption or individual bird weight, it could be
incredibly useful in improving production efficiency.
This will become critically important as farmers are
challenged to feed a booming global population.