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Cargill expanding portfolio of artificial intelligence-powered innovations

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WAYZATA, Minn. — 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 has announced that it 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.

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 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 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.

Cargill notes that Galleon can help producers:

  • Improve the flock’s performance for economic benefit by means including but not limited to switching feed and additives or improving management practices.
  • Support a healthy flock.
  • Help provide information when a flock is not performing well.
  • Pinpoint reasons why different farms with the same inputs, like feed management and antibiotic regimens, have different performance results.

“An animal’s gut microbiome influences its health in so many ways,” said Cargill’s principal microbiome researcher, Dr. Briana Kozlowicz. “We’ve accumulated an industry-leading volume of microbiome data that we can now tap into to provide actionable insights to our customers to improve the performance of their flocks.”

Also, 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, the company noted, adding that 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.

Cargill notes that Birdoo will help producers:

  • Replace manual weighing with precision through 3D imaging:
  • Get greater than 95 percent accuracy on broiler weight estimation with no labor required to clean or calibrate devices, thus improving human and animal welfare.
  • Track broiler performance and weight variability in real-time: A cloud-based platform allows farmers, technical assistants, nutritionists and management to track animal performance and anticipate issues for better resolutions and outcomes.
  • Reduce processing variability and save on costs through better harvest planning: Weight prediction data helps planners harvest flocks more efficiently and sustainably by improving the feed conversion ratio and saving on feed (on average 10-30g per bird), thus reducing variability and the number of downgrades at the processing packing plant.

“We talk with our customers every day, listen to what they need, and are committed to delivering innovative solutions, like Galleon and Birdoo, to help their businesses thrive,” said Adriano Marcon, president of Cargill’s animal nutrition business. “We’re combining our deep animal nutrition expertise with leading-edge technologies to deliver actionable insights that address their unique animal health and production challenges.”

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