Evonik presents Porphyrio poultry data system at IPPE

The Germany-based company introduced Porphyrio to the US poultry production industry at the International Production and Processing Expo (IPPE) in Atlanta, Georgia.

The technology originates from the University of Louvain in Belgium and was acquired by Evonik Industries AG in 2018. It is now part of the company’s desire to integrate all of its digital activities and technological work focused on preventive diagnostics and predictive.

The Porphyrio system is being offered, as a first step, as a tool to help poultry producers to better control their production, said Kristof Mertens, Managing Director of Evonik Porphyrio. There are plans to expand the use of the technology to other production species such as pork, but this is not yet commercial.

“[Our focus is on how] we can use the data to monitor and predict complex biological processes ”,Mertens told FeedNavigator. “Because chicken production is about the chicken in the home, diet, genetics, health and climate – it’s complex. “

“What I’m trying to make everyone understand is that digital should be part of your business strategy”he added. “As a professional poultry producer, integrator or feed mill, you need to integrate this digital part into your core digital business strategy. ”

Data collection and use of the system

The value of the system is that it makes the progress of the production process visible, Mertens said. It is also meant to provide signals when something is wrong.

“It’s a herd management tool – you can keep track of all your herd records and on top of that you have complete health management”,he said.

“Our system maintains that – by having the track record, having the health management system, allowing task planning – manure sampling for Salmonella, blood sampling for breeders, and so on. – we give early alerts when performance deviates, “he said.

The system uses “Self-learning algorithms”to assess the data provided and to project expectations into the future, he said. “With the data that we collect, we expect that tomorrow they will eat so much, they grow so much, they lay so many eggs, and if that deviates, we give a signal.”

Gaining warnings is crucial because there may be a relatively short period between a small deviation and clinical signs of disease and an increase in bird mortality, Mertens said.

When production is working properly, the system could also be used to predict the size of birds in a flock at a certain point in time or it can be used to manage that rate of production or the flow of egg production, he said. he declares.

The Porphyrio system was developed for growers around the world, regardless of what type of production system they use, Mertens said.

“We want to provide a solution in terms of better monitoring and better visibility on what is happening. “

There is a minimum level of data needed to establish the program, but the majority of poultry producers are already tracking some of the necessary data like feed consumption and bird mortality rate, he said. Although much of the data collected is tracked on paper, there is a shift towards digital record keeping.

Additionally, in areas where internet connections are a challenge, data can be entered using an app on a smartphone, he said. It takes about two weeks to create user dashboards.

In an integrated production market, like the United States, the technology could be harnessed to enable the management of multiple producers and herds, Mertens said. However, it can also be used by individual poultry house owners, organic producers, feed mills, veterinary companies and slaughterhouses.

The system is also intended to help growers switch to antibiotic-free production, he said.

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