Agriculture digital technologies startup Omniolytics is helping to transform poultry farming through digital platforms that use sensors and information technology multinational IBM Watson running in the IBM Cloud, IBM said on June 24.
The poultry industry is faced with a number challenges ranging from the quality and origins of feed, high feed prices and the recurrence of avian influenza and disease outbreaks such as listeriosis and salmonellosis.
Omniolytics is addressing the needs of commercial and emerging poultry farmers to make informed, real-time decisions on potential threats and forecast dangers within the broiler house facility and provides farmers with early warnings about potential issues, making their processes more efficient and improving production standards.
The company developed an approach that uses Internet of Things technologies to collect data on the environmental conditions of production facilities and day-to-day management activities and processes to improve animal health, mitigate losses and assist producers in improving production efficiency.
The suite of solutions uses IBM Watson and machine learning capabilities to identify and learn the typical behaviour of birds and lead to improved management practices.
Farmers are then able to receive a more complete picture of the wellbeing of their flocks delivered on IBM Cloud, identifying processes and environmental deviations, which could point to a potential problem.
“Local farmers have to be globally competitive and the best way to do that is through technology. IBM Cloud and artificial intelligence ensures we have a platform to help farmers across South Africa use precision agriculture to enhance the efficiency of their production,” said Omniolytics founder Michael Samson.
“We are introducing solutions to the market that help improve feed conversion ratios, mortality and growth rates and benchmarking practices across their production facilities. This will ensure accurate future predictions across the value chain and make poultry farming more sustainable.”