Use of innovative ingredients in poultry feed to tackle modern challenges in food systems: the Innopoultry project

Luca Simone Cocolin

by Luca Simone Cocolin, full professor of food microbiology, Department of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences, University of Torino, Italy.

The Innopoultry project aims at improving/resolving important issues inherent with the poultry food chain of the 21th century. More specifically, poultry meat has been identified as one of the main sources of foodborne pathogens for humans. Moreover, due to the improper use of antibiotics in the past, used also as grow promoter, poultry meat is still considered at high risk for the spread and diffusion of antibiotic resistance genes. The strategy used is focused on primary production: considering the feed as important tool to exploit, it is proposed to use alternative approaches in poultry feeding able to control and reduce the impact of food safety concerns.

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Computer Vision and Artificial Intelligence in Livestock Production!

kristof nagy

by Kristóf Nagy, CEO, Serket B.V., specialised in Computer vision and Artificial Intelligence.

Introducing problems and current trends in pig production and providing a possible solution with Computer vision and Artificial Intelligence!
Example: SERKET is an innovative and disruptive Animal Recognition Software for Livestock, tailored for the pig industry, which is based on deep learning algorithms able to detect animals in images and monitor their health. SERKET uses anomaly detection to identify animals’ abnormal behavior and support the farmers in the implementation of the most reliable and efficient solutions for livestock management.

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Costs and unfamiliarity with new technologies are barriers for their implementation

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says Lenny van Erp, Professor (UAS) Precision Livestock Farming, HAS University of Applied Sciences and moderator of the Smart Farming Conference about new technologies.

About Lenny van Erp
Lenny van Erp has an MSc in Animal Science and a PhD in Veterinary Science, with farm animal health and behaviour as her field of expertise. She focuses on precision livestock farming, with projects on (sensor)technology and data in farm animals. At HAS University she initiated the Precision Farming Platform and the Minor Smart Farming.

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MyToolbox decisions support for mycotoxin prevention and control along the chain – Presented by Ine Van der Fels-Klerx, Wageningen Food Safety Research

Ine Van der Fels-Klerx

Ine Van der Fels-Klerx, Wageningen Food Safety Research, will speak at Smart farming Conference, on June 27, during AgriFood Innovation Event in Venlo, The Netherlands.

The occurrence of mycotoxins in various crops, mainly grain, fruits and nuts, produced in Europe is of major concern since it has large implications for food and feed safety, food security and international trade. Over the past three decades, a wide variety of knowledge has been gathered on prevention and control of mycotoxins, at the various stages of the feed and food production chain. This knowledge is, however, not easily retrievable and available for the intended end-users at the private level (feed and food companies) and the public level (governmental agencies).

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Future of Farming – Animus – Presented by Andre Fabris, AppsForce

Andre Fabris

Andre Fabris, AppsForce, will speak at Smart farming Conference, on June 27, during AgriFood Innovation Event in Venlo, The Netherlands.

Project Animus uses big data and machine learning to advise farmers how to grow plants, resulting in 25% increase in profit and better sustainability of agriculture.

Interview

What drives you?

I would love to leave a better world for our children. I believe that individuals and small and medium enterprises are innovators and game changers. Being a software expert I want to give them the right tools to make the real difference. Project Animus is that kind of tool for agriculture.

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Smart Farming Conference 2018 program & quotes from speakers’ presentations

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The Smart Farming Conference 2018 will take place on June 28, at Brightlands Campus in Venlo, The Netherlands, as part of a three-day Agri-Food Innovation Event, which includes 4 conferences, an expo, demo corners (Healthy Nutrition on June 27 and 3D Food Printing on June 28), a 3D Food Printing Masterclass, Brightbox tour (vertical farming expertise centre), Laboratorium tour Centre for Healthy Eating and Food Innovation and a 3D Food Printing Experience at Wageningen University & Research.

The program of the conference includes 10 speakers from reputed universities and companies.

Thijs Verploegen, Productmanager Deepfield Connect, Robert Bosch Start-up GmbH, Germany, on “From Robotics to IoT Bosch’s activities in the Smart Agricultural field”: Continue reading “Smart Farming Conference 2018 program & quotes from speakers’ presentations”

Technology as a driver in biodiverse long-lasting productivity – Presented by Eva van Rijsingen, Blue Engineering

Eva van Rijsingen

Technology as a driver in biodiverse long-lasting productivity – Presented by Eva van Rijsingen, Blue Engineering, at the Smart Farming Conference, which takes place on on June 28, 2018, in Venlo, The Netherlands, during the Agri-Food Innovation Event.

Taking a close look at nature, that’s smart. Nature is fully optimized for efficiency. Smart would be to collaborate with what is already there and to ensure the collaboration is long lasting. Extending the initial collaboration with more partners would improve the resilience of the collaboration as a whole and of its parts.

Looking at agriculture, what ís already there? And how can we set up a long-lasting collaboration between all components of the ecosystem, making use of biodiversity? Creating more robust and long-lasting productivity: huge challenges and technology is our most promising tool! Continue reading “Technology as a driver in biodiverse long-lasting productivity – Presented by Eva van Rijsingen, Blue Engineering”

Smart Farming & Big Data: What happens in the market & where are opportunities for you – Presented by Geert Hermans, ZLTO

Geert Hermans

ZLTO vision on Smart Farming and Big Data; What happens in the market and how and where are there opportunities for you! – Presented by Geert Hermans, ZLTO, at the Smart Farming Conference, which takes place on on June 28, 2018, in Venlo, The Netherlands.

Geert Hermans gives an impression of the ZLTO vision and strategy on Smart Farming and Big data in the agro sector. He also indicates which developments there are in the Netherlands, projects that ZLTO is involved in, which high-tech companies can use.

This lecture provides insight into the technological market developments. If you want to explore the agro market, start here! Continue reading “Smart Farming & Big Data: What happens in the market & where are opportunities for you – Presented by Geert Hermans, ZLTO”

Precision Livestock Farming – Presented by Lenny van Erp-van der Kooij, HAS University of Applied Sciences

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Precision Livestock Farming – Presented by Lenny van Erp-van der Kooij, HAS University of Applied Sciences at the Smart Farming Conference, which takes place on on June 28, 2018, in Venlo, The Netherlands.

With increasing farm sizes and more animals for the farmer to take care of, giving each individual animal the attention it needs is becoming more difficult. Precision Livestock Farming uses (sensor) technology to monitor the health and behaviour of all animals in the herd, thus assisting the farmer in his management. The purpose of this monitoring is to detect deviations from the expected values and improve animal health, animal welfare and efficiency of animal production. In this presentation Lenny van Erp will give an overview of current and upcoming technologies in precision livestock farming.

Interview
What drives you?
I am interested in data, technology and animal behaviour. I love working with animals and with datasets, towards a practical result. Continue reading “Precision Livestock Farming – Presented by Lenny van Erp-van der Kooij, HAS University of Applied Sciences”