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NOVEL TECHNOLOGIES ALLOWING FARMERS to collect
and use key data about their animals and their housing will
transform the poultry industry in the near future.
to environmental and health risks inside poultry
houses and the ability to do jobs humans don't want
to do or can't do. In processing, robotics are seeing
increased application in replacing human labor as
machine vision and machine learning technology
becomes more sophisticated. Soon, robotics could
even be used in the supply chain to stock, sell and
deliver food to consumers.
In the poultry industry, drones could see
use in monitoring and collecting data in ways that
humans cannot. The highest potential may be in
organic and free-range poultry farming, as they
can watch the flock, scare away predators and herd
birds back into the house when needed.
■ Sensors: Sensors bring a wide range of possible
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uses and the ability to collect data in ways not previously possible. Connolly said sensors may be the
first disruptive technology to see widespread use in
the poultry industry. Possible applications include
monitoring body temperature and bird stress levels.
Observing these metrics could lead to better productivity and higher animal welfare.
■ Artificial intelligence (AI): Rapid developments in
artificial intelligence are already making headlines
around the world and attracting investments from
leading businesses. In the poultry industry, the technology could see application in the form of machine
vision used to observe houses or improve mechanical meat processing. AI algorithms are becoming
sophisticated enough, Connolly said, that machine