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Smart farms that can feed chickens and detect bird flu

Smart farms that can maximise poultry production and even detect avian influenza without the use of human help are being developed in the Far East. LG Innotek, LG’s electrical components affiliate, has announced that it will develop farms equipped with artificial intelligence in South Korea.It has signed a memorandum of understanding with the country’s National Institute of Animal Science, part of the Rural Development Administration, which promotes technological solutions that advance livestock production. One of the farms’ key features is automatic analysis of birds’ physical condition using cameras and sensors. These will be able to detect the environmental changes such as the condition of the chickens and the weather and the artificial intelligence technology will automatically control the temperature and humidity on the farm. The technology will be able to determine the right time to replenish birds with water and feed. It will also be possible to predict the time of shipment to the market by analysing the development status and physical maturity of the birds. The Institute will analyse poultry behaviour at different stages of maturity to accumulate big data that will be incorporated into the smart farm technology. Identify avian influenza But as well as increasing production, AI smart farms are expected to be able to identify chickens with avian influenza. LG Innotek will develop a deep learning algorithm that identifies suspected disease symptoms based on the standardised information provided by the NIAS. If a chicken managed by smart farm shows signs of infection, the technology can immediately inform the poultry farmers of its status and location, allowing them to carry out disease prevention measures quickly. Avian Influenza has been a major issue for South Korea. The highly pathogenic H5N6 outbreak in November 2016 led to the culling of 33.1m birds across 821 farms over a three month period. It is estimated to have cost the poultry industry 1 trillion won ($929m) in damage. LG Innotek hopes to have this up and running by 2020. It currently has secured the base technologies such as object recognition technology using a network camera and abnormal motion detection algorithm for chickens. Il-gun Kwon, LG Innotek chief technology officer, said: “What we pursue it to make our lives safer and more convenient with innovative technologies. “Artificial intelligence smart farm technology will be solution to innovate our country’s agriculture and stock-breeding industry and promote the welfare of farmers.”

Reference: Poultry world

Evonik opens NIR lab for animal nutrition in Nairobi

Equipped with state-of-the-art near-infrared spectroscopy (NIR) technology, the facility helps feed producers evaluate their raw materials through accurate analysis of a very wide range of nutrients. Furthermore, analysis of poultry feeds is also covered by this unique service.The new Evonik laboratory brings vital technical support to the local and regional feed markets. “We hope to extend the best levels of support to our partners not only in Kenya but in the entire East African region including countries like Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia and Rwanda,” said John Owaga, technical service manager for animal nutrition in East Africa at Evonik. Animal nutrition has become a more exact science over the past decades. To formulate feed according to a certain specification requires knowledge about the nutrient contents of all relevant raw materials. Because these vary considerably, it is important to analyze the raw materials on an ongoing basis with latest NIR technology. This ensures high feed quality and keeps feed costs under control. “At Evonik, we see great potentials in the East African market coming from the double-digit growth of the poultry industry in recent years,” said Cuthbert Mamabolo, regional business director for animal nutrition at Evonik. Five years ago, Evonik established a direct presence in East Africa with a representative office in Kenya. However, the German specialty chemicals producer was active in this region for decades through external distributors. Evonik offers partners unique products and services with great emphasis on technical support that the company tailors to individual customer needs. Hence, opening a laboratory in Kenya is a key strategic decision taken to bring technology closer to the clients and better understand their needs.

Reference: wattagnet

No link between egg intake and diabetes risk

Eating a dozen eggs a week poses no health risk for people suffering from diabetes, according to new Australian research. The 12-month study found that eating as many as 12 eggs a week as part of a healthy diet carried no adverse risk for people suffering from type 2 diabetes or pre-diabetes. Published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the study found that blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol – all popular cardiovascular risk factors – were unaffected by diets that vary between 1 and 12 eggs a week. High egg diet vs low egg diet The team, led by Nick Fuller, from the Boden Institute, Sydney Medical School, carried out the research as a follow up to previously published research that showed a high egg diet compared with a low egg diet had no adverse effects on cardiometabolic risk factors in adults with type 2 diabetes. In the published research, two cohorts of volunteers were established, all with either pre-diabetes or type 2 diabetes. Members of 1 cohort ate fewer than 2 eggs a week, while people in the other cohort had 12. Egg consumption remained fixed throughout the year with volunteers asked to maintain, then lose, then choose their own weight for periods within the 12 months. The results of the research, sponsored by Australia Eggs, found none of the participants showed any increase in adverse markers for diabetes or cardiovascular risk, and the weight loss outcomes were identical across both the low egg and high egg cohorts. Commenting on the findings, Professor Fuller told the Australian scientific magazine Cosmos: “Our research indicates people do not need to hold back from eating eggs if this is part of a healthy diet. “While eggs themselves are high in dietary cholesterol – and people with type 2 diabetes tend to have high levels of the “bad” low density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol – this study supports existing research that shows consumption of eggs has little effect on the levels of cholesterol in the blood of the people eating them. “Eggs are a source of protein and micronutrients that could support a range of health and dietary factors including helping to regulate the intake of fat and carbohydrate, eye and heart health, healthy blood vessels and healthy pregnancies.”

Reference: Poultry world

Dry grape extracts to optimise vitamin E in animal nutrition

The vitamin E market is going through a very serious context of stretched supply, possible shortage and price issues. The answer may lie in Nor-Grape 80, a dry grape extract feed additive registered in the European Union, able to provide a powerful antioxidant effect to optimise vitamin E utilisation and to control costs Nor-Grape 80, a standardised and efficient antioxidant! Nor-Grape 80 is a standardised dry grape extract rich in polyphenols, anthocyanins & proanthocyanidins, all very potent natural antioxidants. Nor-Grape 80 is the first and only dry grape extract that has received an authorisation from the European Union. Its guaranteed content of several types of polyphenols ensures a reliable supply of antioxidants for the industry stakeholders (premixers, food manufacturers and breeders). 1 g of Nor-Grape 80 = 11 g of pure vitamin E More and more research evidences that vitamin E can be regenerated by polyphenols. In vitro, in vivo and ex vivo trials show that Nor-Grape 80 has a vitamin E optimisation effect through the replacement of up to 50 percent of it, with a 1:11 ratio in the complete feed, due to these molecular interactions. Concrete savings In this calculation made with Nor-Feed’s “e-calculator”, Nor-Grape is used on broilers in order to potentiate the use of vitamin E: Calculations also show that the higher the price of Vitamin E, the greater the profit per T of feed generated by the use of Nor-Grape 80.

Reference: The Poultry Site

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