Market consultation for a multi-level monitoring system with robots to support poultry farmers

M. Timmerman*, R.A. Van Emous, J.W. Van Riel, B.A. Vroegindeweij, C. Lokhorst

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Abstract

Monitoring health and welfare of poultry is a highly demanding task for a farmer in time, health and complexity, and it is usually combined with routine actions such as collecting floor eggs, removing dead animals and checking feeding and drinking lines. The expectation is that a robot also can execute such tasks and could do it 24 hours 7 days a week if needed. A concept of a multi-layer monitoring support system has been designed to assist the poultry farmer. The multi-layer support system consists of a static system for flock observation (existing PLF technology), and robot(s) for in-between bird observation of health and behaviour and for performing routine daily tasks. Poultry farmers, researchers and companies have been consulted in two workshops to identify the needs and wishes for such a system. The results of the consultations could be grouped into the following six main categories: 1) bird monitoring (e.g. behaviour, health); 2) data sharing (e.g. production, health); 3) eggs (e.g. selection, collection of floor eggs); 4) vaccination (e.g. treatment, evaluation); 5) quality control (e.g. manure consistency, litter); and 6) selection of birds (e.g. collecting dead birds, identifying non-productive birds). The overall results showed that there is a market demand of poultry farmers for such a multi-level monitoring system. A first economic survey showed that broiler farmers were willing to invest €0.58 per bird place with an desired payback time of 2 years and other poultry farmers were willing to invest €1.04 per bird place with a desired payback time of 4 years.

Original languageEnglish
Pages542-549
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Event8th European Conference on Precision Livestock Farming, 2017 - Nantes, France
Duration: 12 Sep 201714 Sep 2017

Conference

Conference8th European Conference on Precision Livestock Farming, 2017
CountryFrance
CityNantes
Period12/09/1714/09/17

Keywords

  • Farm automation
  • Market research
  • Monitoring
  • Poultry
  • Robotics
  • Support system

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    Timmerman, M., Van Emous, R. A., Van Riel, J. W., Vroegindeweij, B. A., & Lokhorst, C. (2017). Market consultation for a multi-level monitoring system with robots to support poultry farmers. 542-549. Paper presented at 8th European Conference on Precision Livestock Farming, 2017, Nantes, France.