Poultry producers are always looking for ways to improve the efficiency and health of their flocks. Advancements in technology, like artificial intelligence, can help accelerate these improvements, identify previously unknown problems and anticipate outcomes. Cargill is assembling a portfolio of AI-driven innovations through proprietary development and strategic partnerships to go beyond nutrition and help customers optimize their operations with actionable insights.
Galleon Microbiome Analysis – a comprehensive broiler microbiome health assessment tool
There is an interdependency between the condition of the gut microbiome and the flock’s health. Therefore, understanding the gut microbiome allows producers to optimize animal health and performance. Cargill’s patent-pending Galleon tool enables broiler producers to decide how changes such as in raw materials, diet, additives, vaccine programs, and farm management practices influence the microbiome of their flock.
Using a simple swab from a live bird, Cargill scientists analyze a customer’s flock health using Galleon’s robust database of poultry microbiome, developed over a decade using a global data set and nearly 100 trial studies. The analysis is further augmented using statistical analysis, machine learning, and artificial intelligence capabilities to provide producers with a comprehensive report and recommended interventions to address issues. In addition, results are unbiased towards a specific product.
Birdoo – for real-time, hands-free measurement of broiler weight performance through advanced imaging and predictive analysis
Feed is the highest cost input for poultry producers and the primary contributor to their birds’ health. At the same time, obtaining accurate animal weight is a time-consuming and labor-intensive flock management effort.
To help producers better track broiler performance, Cargill has teamed up with digital technology enablement firm, Knex, to develop ‘Birdoo,” a first-of-its-kind technology that leverages proprietary computer visioning and artificial intelligence that combines hands-free, real-time flock insights with predictive modeling data. This helps producers make informed decisions quicker while supporting their bottom lines through better animal health and well-being, increased uniformity, and improved performance of their flocks.