Pilot program aims to simplify feed-additive decision-making

An innovative approach that uses neural networking techniques to help determine how feed additives affect the health and well-being of poultry flocks has entered the testing phase.

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An innovative approach that uses neural networking techniques to help determine how feed additives affect the health and well-being of poultry flocks has entered the testing phase.

“It's a big question mark area of from an integrator point of view, how do you know that you're getting the value that you're being sold. From a nutritional supplement producer point of view, they want to demonstrate good value so that they can capture it,” Will Payne, Ph.D., chief technology officer, Simple Ag Solutions Inc., explained.

The software uses neural networking, a form of machine learning, to predict the effectiveness of a feed additive on a broiler’s future weight. Better yet, the software learns more the longer it is in use, which means future recommendations could be further customized directly to a poultry farm.

The platform is currently in trials with an integrator and nutritional supplement company. This pilot phase is expected to be completed by January 2022.

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The platform was one of the innovations highlighted at the 2020 Virtual Poultry Tech Summit

“When we presented at the Poultry Tech Summit back in the fall, that was the first time we really went public with this idea of helping integrators quantify the value of nutritional supplementation or feed interventions,” Payne said.

“The Poultry Tech Summit helped move the process along and to take a stance of we’re officially doing this.”

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