PoultryTech Newsletter, Volume 27, Issue 3, Spring, 2015
Audio Analysis: A Path to Monitoring the Well-Being of Birds in Confined Housing
Walk into any broiler (chickens raised for their meat) growout house and you will hear an interesting chorus. An array of chirps, clucks, and squawks abound. Researchers at the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) are discovering that the unique sounds actually tell a lot about the birds’ well-being. Using their machine learning-based Growout Monitoring System, the team has characterized when birds are under stress due to sickness or adverse environmental conditions inside the house.
Manager's Corner
As we near the end of the year, it is always a good time to reflect on the year past. For the Agricultural Technology Research Program (ATRP), 2015 was another hallmark year. The research program’s project portfolio continued to address the technology development needs of Georgia’s poultry industry, the state’s number one agribusiness sector. From robotic systems to advanced imaging technologies to food safety screening methods, we are proud of our role in helping to foster the long-term viability of this dynamic industry.
Researchers Design Robotic Sensing and Grasping System for Poultry Handling Tasks
Robotic handling technologies have been commonplace in the manufacturing industries for years. Think of an automobile production line where manufactured parts are usually very consistent, structurally rigid, and have known geometries. All these attributes make robotic handling fairly straightforward.


But this is not the case for production environments comprised mostly of non-uniform, naturally flexible parts like poultry products. As a result, automated handling of natural products lags far behind that of manufactured parts.


Here, researchers in the Georgia Tech Research Institute’s Agricultural Technology Research Program are exploring the development of better robotic imaging and sensing technologies and more dexterous grippers and manipulators for poultry handling tasks.

Dynamic Filtration: A Novel Separation Technology for Poultry Processing Liquid Streams

Researchers at the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) have optimized their proprietary filtration method for processing facility effluents. The so-called dynamic filtration method was tested on actual processing effluent and found to provide significant advantages over currently used filtration methods. Specifically, dynamic filtration gives increased recovery of fine suspended solids such as fats and proteins, providing more material for rendering. It also provides enhanced opportunities for water reuse and recycling inside a processing plant.










Poultry World Celebrates 20th Anniversary
Poultry World tells the storied history of Georgia’s number one agribusiness sector. 2015 marked the award-winning exhibit’s 20th Anniversary at the Georgia National Fair in Perry. Brand-new interactive displays highlight the poultry industry from farm to table, while other additions showcase allied industries and educational and career possibilities. A private grand re-opening ceremony was held October 8 and attended by several agricultural and poultry leaders, including Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture Gary Black.
Avian Influenza Outbreak Is Concern for Poultry Industry, Not General Public

Since December 8, 2014, the United States has been dealing with an ongoing outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5. Wild waterfowl, migrating south from Canada along the Pacific Flyway, brought the virus to the U.S.


While the HPAI H5 virus has caused some severe devastation for the U.S. commercial poultry industry, there have been no reports of infections in humans, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) considers the risk to people from this virus to be low.

Animal Agriculture Sustainability Summit at 2016 IPPE

The International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE) will host the eighth annual Animal Agriculture Sustainability Summit during the 2016 Expo. The half-day program will be held Tuesday, January 26, from 9 a.m. to noon, in Room A-411 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. The program is free to all IPPE attendees, and will provide viewpoints from industry and agriculture experts on sustainability and why it matters to the animal agriculture industry.


Researcher Profile: Alex Samoylov












Visit ATRP’s Exhibit in Booth B9 at the 2016 International Production & Processing Expo

The Agricultural Technology Research Program (ATRP) is excited about its plans to participate in the 2016 International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE), scheduled for January 26-28, at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.



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2016 International Production & Processing Expo
January 26-28, 2016
Georgia World Congress Center
Atlanta, GA


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