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VR Will Improve Biosecurity


Technology has been able to give creative producers the chance to see, hear and even smell within their poultry shack even when they’re not putting their foot inside them, this act could be the next step in running bird health and welfare.

Derbyshire poultry producer David Speller has hinted that the presence of enormous technology could be everyday in poultry sheds within the duration of some months, assisting farmers and their staff in supervising their birds without their presence on the farm.

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While giving a speech at the Pig and Poultry Fair in Warwickshire, Mr. Speller stated that virtual reality headsets pricing just a few hundred pounds could be integrated with camera systems which will enable user to stare around a room in real-time to discover any problems.

Farm staff would also be able to perceive the sound of what was going on distantly, with the straightforward audio tools that will be installed in sheds.

Simultaneously as technology expands, electronic noses could also be installed which will enable producers to ‘smell’ within a shed and single out any issues –plummeting biosecurity risks related with staff moving amid sheds or not following appropriate hygiene procedures in an emergency.

Mr. Speller, who supervises above 2.5 million chickens across 10 farms, already utilizes a handful of technology on his units, as well as underfloor heaters, cameras to track bird movement and microphones to recognize if birds are sick or in distress.

He disclosed that technology was assisting him handle his business in a more holistic way and to deal with risks before they became a severe issue.



“Breeds are growing faster than ever before and our margins are becoming even tighter, meaning, we have to focus down to the hours and even minutes,” he told listeners at the event’s Performance and Innovation Forums.

“We’ve got more and more risks, which means we’ve got to be on top of what’s happening.

“We’re trying to push prevention rather than reaction, and there’s a degree of protection we should be able to introduce with technology.”

Tom is late for his train and doesn’t know the way to the station. Racing around a corner, he just runs into a plaza full of tourists snapping and uploading photos to Instagram and Facebook. Which way should he go? He tells his Internet-connected contact lenses to load a map, meanwhile tapping at his smart watch to pull up his ticket and platform information. An alarm flashes in his peripheral vision, only 15 minutes until the train departs, but the map is not loading. He looks around in dismay, frantically yelling “refresh” to his lenses against the clamor of the street.

Mr. Speller also said plans have been in place to expand further use of mechanization and remote services to supervise birds, trail staff, and allow an ease of remote management of poultry units – something which was permitting him to consider managing enterprises in other countries.

“Technology is moving so quickly that it’s quickly becoming a possibility,” he said.


“The iPad was only released in 2010, yet, we’re using touch-screens in our everyday lives now without really thinking about it.

“Aside from improving how we operate, immersive technology can also help with bird health and welfare.
“What better way to deal with biosecurity than by not being in there?”

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