Tuesday, June 18, 2024

UGA researchers use AI, engineering to address poultry heat stress

By Maria M. Lameiras University of Georgia Photo by Andrew Davis Tucker/UGA “Heat stress can be a major issue for the poultry industry and can cause bird death. The DOA (dead-on-arrival) rate has gone down significantly because this has become an industry focus over time,” said Harshavardhan Thippareddi, interim associate dean of research for the University of Georgia’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

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ATHENS, Ga. — Agriculture is the number one industry in Georgia, and poultry is the largest sector of that industry, with nearly 1.4 billion broiler chickens produced each year on thousands of farms around the state.

An important aspect of the industry is the transportation of chickens from the farm to processing facilities, or more specifically, preventing bird loss during transportation. One of the major factors in bird loss during transportation is temperature, particularly in the South where high temperatures and humidity can account for 2 percent to 3 percent in losses during transportation, impacting farmers’ profits.

At the University. . .

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