Article by Katarzyna Olejnik, Ewa Popiela and Sebastian Opalinski from Wrocław University of Environmental and Life Sciences, Department of Environment Hygiene and Animal Welfare, published by Agriculture MDPI, May 18th, 2022.
Abstract: New approach to improve welfare in the poultry sector is targeted at the precise management of animals. In poultry production, we observe that birds’ health and the quality of poultry products depend significantly on good welfare conditions, affecting economic efficiency.
Using technology solutions in different systems of animal production is an innovation that can help farmers more effectively control the environmental conditions and health of birds. In addition, rising public concern about poultry breeding and welfare leads to developing solutions to increase the efficiency of control and monitoring in this animal production branch.
Precision livestock farming (PLF) collects real-time data of birds using different types of technologies for this process. It means that PLF can help prevent lowering animal welfare by detecting early stages of diseases and stressful situations during birds’ management and allowing steps to be taken quickly enough to limit the adverse effects.
This review shows connections between the possibilities of using the latest technologies to monitor laying hens and broilers in developing precision livestock farming.