The application in question, which was developed in 2016 by Pierre Lanckriet, is already in use in the French poultry sector. The tool is said to combine all the relevant functions for remote poultry farm management, while enabling simultaneous sharing of production data with the whole supply chain.
The technology will form part of Wisium’s offer to poultry farms, integration or feed millers in Brazil, Mexico, Italy, Portugal and Spain.
Stéphanie Le Goff, international marketing brand manager at French animal health and nutrition group, Neovia, told us the reason those countries were chosen for the initial international roll-out was to do with the size of their poultry markets and also due to the fact Wisium has a strong presence, through its subsidiaries, in those countries.
“The [tool] is already distributed directly by Aniprev in France,” she added.
Farmers using the app, on a smartphone or laptop, can, among other things, compare their results with the standard for the strain, or with national averages. They can analyse their data such as feed/gain ratio, animal weights, or production rates, and can receive deviation alerts, share their calendar with their partners for easier organization of sampling or animal departure, or for scheduling animal procedures such as vaccines.
The Aniprev tool contains specific components for feed management, said Le Goff, allowing users to compare feed intake and FCR or to carry out feed ordering, for example.
She said there are time saving benefits as the tool allows a farmer to share data or images with their vet, technical manager, or feed supplier.
Farm of the Future
The collaboration with Aniprev was initiated by Neovia Venture, the French group’s investment fund dedicated to innovative projects.
Neovia has been championing smart farming in recent years, getting behind initiatives such as Farm of the Future - a project that aims to connect farms across the world so they can share innovative ideas, implement new technologies to meet the challenge of feeding the world, and help bring about social change.
Central to its Farm of the Future project is the building of an experimental farm in Vannes, France, where Neovia’s head office is located.
The project is to focus on three species: swine, poultry and ruminants.
Those who work with Neovia on the Farm of the Future project will have the chance to develop, test, and present their ideas to Neovia’s customers, said the French firm.