Technology in protein production is more than a trend. It’s a reality that will continue to adapt, evolve and advance. Like never before, innovation is happening at a rapid pace.
Successful producers use many innovative technologies and methods to operate more efficiently. From drones that analyze animal health to predictive nutrient computer models, the tools are remarkably sophisticated. This helps farmers improve productivity, sustainability and animal welfare using fewer resources. A bonus: farmers can plan and predict with greater certainty than ever imagined.
The precision, speed and relevancy of new data and technologies will continue to help farmers make better, faster and more informed decisions to feed a hungry world – and to protect the environment at the same time. Those who embrace new technologies and adapt to the changing landscape and marketplace stand to benefit the most.
Technological innovation is all about providing tools to help take farmers to the next level. Farmers can leverage data to inform, guide, predict and be an interpreter of change for other producers, consumers and the world at large – all while ensuring global responsibility and animal well-being stay front and center.
Digital technology is transforming the animal production industry. The result? A completely different method of decision-making.
Today, producers collect and integrate real-time data from a wide range of internal and external sources. There’s no shortage of ways to gather data, but it can be a challenge to glean insights that inform what to do.
Cargill’s digital tools and properties help producers understand and interpret data to improve animal health, productivity and more. These solutions give farmers a market advantage, while allowing for simple, practical decision-making through the entire value chain.
One of the most compelling cases is in technology and animal welfare. Today’s tools can signal specific needs of animals before any human eye could recognize an issue. Some examples include:
- Poultry: Real-time scans of barns and houses give insights on how to better arrange spaces for the animals’ comfort. If a producer sees groupings of birds in one area on a cold day, for example, they can troubleshoot and adjust heat sources to provide full coverage of the animals’ space.
- Aquaculture: Shrimp producers can use digital tools and modeling to measure how shrimp grow day-to-day and predict the date that will provide the most profitable harvest.
Beyond farm management, technology helps producers connect to consumer needs. Consumers increasingly want traceability, sustainability and a full understanding of where their food comes from. As preferences evolve, producers will need to evolve, too, leaning on technology to stay ahead.
Technological Offerings for Animal Producers
Through Cargill partnerships and offerings, producers have an array of technologies that align the protein production chain with consumer demands. These advancements provide the information and insights needed to make better, more informed decisions.
Mobile Data Application
This mobile data application, called iQuatic™, syncs with a livestock operation’s dashboard. It leverages data like animal size, dissolved oxygen levels and weather to solve challenges on the farm. Armed with more data, its advanced models learn more about the operation. This helps with decision-making, which can improve harvest results, decrease input costs and increase efficiency.
Herd Management Dashboards
This tool, called Dairy Enteligen™, helps farmers control farm productivity and sustain long-term profits. It integrates data from herd management systems, including nutrition formulation, to offer a real-time dashboard of operation insights. In a world full of evolving consumer demands, volatility and market changes, this can make a big difference.
Facial recognition technology has become commonplace in the consumer technology world. This advanced technology is also available to help farmers better manage their dairy operations. Through a strategic partnership between Cargill and Cainthus, producers will be able to access technology that recognizes changes in a cow’s appearance to detect illnesses, such as mastitis, at the onset. Access to this critical data that can impact overall animal health, reproduction management and milk production.
Ingredient Nutritional Analysis
New technology, Reveal®, allows dairy farmers to analyze nutritional makeup of samples of forage and whole milk in real-time. Using SCiO, the world’s first pocket-sized connected micro-spectrometer device, farmers can scan samples and compare against Cargill’s database of nutritional ingredients.
Animal Nutrition Optimization
By using Format Solutions’ connected software, producers have the power to better support animal and feed production with formulation, mill management, and digital nutrition solutions. With the help of this software, producers make faster, more insightful nutrition decisions that prevent under- and over- formulation, create consistent animal performance, and optimize diets for all species.
Dig Deeper Producer:
Stories of Technological Advancement
Producers across the world are using various technological advancements to improve animal health and well-being, maximize performance and increase sustainability. These stories are just a few examples of the countless ways producers have welcomed technology onto the farm.
Bringing next-generation flock-management capabilities to poultry producers with new, artificial intelligence (AI) driven service.
Leveraging more than a decade of research on the gut microbiome, Galleon accesses Cargill’s extensive research data to guide flock-management decisions.
From Partnership Comes Prosperity
A Vietnamese farmer partnered with Cargill to improve his farm – and ended up improving his family's well-being.
A Sustainable New Ingredient for Feed
Introducing insect protein as an alternative, sustainable ingredient in animal feed
Improving Resident Water Quality While Maintaining Tilapia Productivity
Chonpapat Farm, one of the largest tilapia farms in Thailand’s Northeastern region, needed support to bolster productivity and production after installing a PE-lined pond to comply with the new policy. Chonpapat Farm turned to Cargill as a trusted partner to deploy AquaPond feed.
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Passion for High-Quality Protein
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To support customers like Mr. Yu and the industry more broadly, Cargill’s team in China has partnered with the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs (MARA), the China Rural Distance Education Network and the Smart Agriculture App by MARA. Their goal: to promote a “360-degree comprehensive solution” for ASF control and prevention.
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Turning Excess into an Asset
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‘Sleeping better’ in Ecuador with iQuatic™
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Trusted Advisors, True Partners
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