Technology Showcase

Investments into technology on your farm is more than just purchasing the newest and latest things available. Technology can be the solution to a variety of on-farm challenges including enhancing biosecurity for animals and humans, reducing the need for labour, reducing labour-intensive work, and more.

Technology can also enhance processes and eliminate waste in the form of resources, loss through inefficiency, and time.  Measuring and improving these can improve the bottom line of your cost of production.

The following section provides an overview of how to consider and assess areas of improvement that could benefit from new technology. In the context of the pandemic, there are also lots of opportunities to invest in equipment that will allow you to keep farmworkers safe from COVID-19 transmission by reducing person-to-person contact, the need for labour, or make work areas safer.

Why Technology?

Lean thinking - It is a philosophy of production that was originally used in the manufacturing sector but has been widely adopted to all facets of production which have repetitive production processes. Thinking lean is all about improving performance and eliminating loss and waste.  Click here for a Lean Thinking overview from the Government of Alberta that gives a good overview of areas of waste commonly investigated when considering a lean assessment.

Smart investments - Working with your technology and financial advisors are two good places to start before making an investment.  Implementing technology within your operation requires a plan and a clear idea of what the desired outcomes will be. To get started on assessing new technologies in your farm operation, refer to these resources.

Farm Credit Canada: Preparing your farm for technology 

Key performance indicators PDF 

The Poultry Site: The future of poultry technologies

Zootecnica International: Big Data for Poultry What is Possible?

Allow Businesses to Shift Away from Labour-Intensive Work Processes and Allow for Greater Ability to Physical Distance

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Automated Ag Systems

Reduces labour in the barn with their automatic litter loader, scraping systems, egg packing and stacking machines and barn controllers.

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CountyLine

The Poultry Hawk trolley system assists with dead stock removal by eliminating the need to carry buckets through the barn. Improves efficiency of culling.

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Faromatics - Big Dutchman

Faromatics suspended Chickenboy monitors environmental conditions and animal health in broiler farms. Helps automate routine tasks to improve animal welfare.

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Maximus Solutions

The egg flow optimizes the flow from the nest, or lay area, to the packing machine allowing for higher efficiency of the packing machine and reduced labour as if frees up the time usually spent on manually managing the flow.

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Octopus Biosafety

Octopus Poultry Safe aims to prevent risk and treat contaminations. It has been designed to poultry farms and litter.

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Tibot Spoutnic

The Tibot Spoutnic is designed to take the place of people who regularly walk barns to keep hens moving so they lay their eggs in nest boxes and for keeping broilers from staying dormant to promote weight gains.

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Vencomatic Group

Automatic Egg intake system loader for hatcheries. Feeds eggs from transport tray to setting machines and modules. Can be combined with candling, egg grading and UV disinfection.

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Wageningen

Wageningen University's robot eliminates the time that farmers spend collecting eggs in cage-free housing systems. Also tracks data, humidity, temperature, and keeps an eye out for sick and dead birds.

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Enable Greater Ability to Cohort Workers

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Cumberland

The Agri-Alert system allows for tracking of staff and visitors entering property and farm.

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EthoGuard

The EthoTrac System allows for the GPS Tracking and Movement Alerts to prevent unauthorized use of your equipment.

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Flir

Elevated skin temperature screening using thermal camera from a distance and displays it as an easily interpreted image. Camera can be mounted at entrances to facilities and barns.

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Safer Me

A combined wearable and app contact tracing system to reduce virus transmission and protect your workers. Option to anonymize all worker data.

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Improve Air Circulation and Filtration in Enclosed Work Environments

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Avi-Air

The heat exchange is Install flush to the inside wall and contributes to a lower carbon footprint. The CO2 reduction from 1 AVI35 is equivalent to 1 electric automobile or 150 mature trees.

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CanArm AgSystems

Improve barn circulation with exhaust and circulating fans, ceiling inlets and system controllers.

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Chore Time

Chore-Tronics controller monitors and controls feeding, drinking systems, environment, ventilation and data.

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Dacs

The DACS ventilation system with air inlets mixes warm room air with incoming air and distributes this temperate oxygen rich air throughout the entire barn.

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Exacon

Direct Drive Fan

Exacon customizes customers’ needs and its innovative approach to cooling, heating, ventilation and feeding systems is why Exacon has been around for 30+ years.

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Solar Driven

Ruby 360's off-the-grid solar solutions save on costs and reduce carbon footprint. Individually designed to power heating, cooling, lighting and ventilation requirements.

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Establish Engineering or Process Controls that Alter Workplace Design and Workflows

 

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Cobb-Vantress

Their flock management ap allows producers to manage flock production anywhere and at any time reducing barn entry.

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Diversified Agriculture

Equipment provider of controllers with smart house technology and support to reduce barn entry.

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fancom

Smart farming with iFarming integrates climate control, feed automation and biometrical systems, to monitor the condition of your livestock.

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Egg Sexing Tech

The SELEGGT Circulus process is a way to prevent chick culling. The scientific approach of endocrinological (hormone-based) gender identification in the hatching egg has been automated in this process and is in use today.

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Support Enhanced Sanitization and Disinfection Techniques and Technologies

 

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Ogena Solutions

The OgenaShield AirPurifier uses an ozone free & Patented enhancement to PCO technology to destroy both surface-bound and airborne pathogens. Capacity 280 m3.

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Signify - ONCE

The BioShift pass through UV-C chamber uses light disinfection technology to inactivate pathogens on portable items.

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Ozone Partner

Portable technology by ExOzone. Sustainable air and surface sterilization that utilizes the surrounding air to produce a large amount of ozone. Capacity: 14,000 m3

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Portable Restrooms

Poly John Canada provides portable restrooms, sinks and sanitization products for your on farmworkers and catchers.

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