Monitoring environmental parameters in poultry production facilities

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Show simple item record Corkery, Gerard Ward, Shane Kenny, Colum Hemmingway, Phil 2013-04-18T11:35:00Z 2013-04-18T11:35:00Z 2013-04
dc.description Computer Aided Process Engineering - CAPE Forum 2013, 2013 en
dc.description.abstract Increases in fuel and feed prices are placing a significant burden on the poultry industry in Ireland and worldwide. For producers to meet their financial targets, increased performance and output is a key issue, now more than ever. To optimise performance in broiler production houses, the effect of environmental and air quality parameters on bird performance and energy consumption must be known to allow farmers make informed management decisions. This paper concentrates on the application precision livestock farming sensors to develop recommendations for improved bird performance and energy consumption in broiler production farms in Ireland.   Air temperature, relative humidity, light, air speed and air quality (in particular CO2 and NH3 concentrations) are identified as important parameters for improving bird performance and energy consumption in broiler production houses. Several of these parameters (temperature, relative humidity, CO2 and NH3) were monitored on two farms during the study over the initial 2 weeks of the production cycle. Air quality was often overlooked during the production process, as farmers struggled to limit high heating and feed costs. However, elevated levels of CO2 (>3000 ppm) did not appear to affect broiler growth rates. Additionally, a strong correlation was observed between relative humidity and NH3 (R2 = 0.86 - 0.92). Producers tend to use relative humidity as an indication for NH3 levels and the research shown in this study confirms the close relationship between the two parameters. It is recommended that further data should be gathered from producing units and novel performance technologies should also be investigated. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Institute for Process and Particle Engineering, Graz University of Technology, Austria en
dc.relation.ispartof Computer Aided Process Engineering, CAPE Forum 2013, Graz University of Technology, Austria, 7-10 April 2013 en
dc.subject Energy en
dc.subject Poultry en
dc.subject Monitoring en
dc.subject Performance en
dc.subject Food production en
dc.subject Agriculture en
dc.subject Environment en
dc.subject Data analysis en
dc.subject Energy efficiency en
dc.subject Smart agriculture en
dc.subject Smart systems en
dc.subject Environmental factors en
dc.subject Quality of life en
dc.subject Resource efficiency en
dc.title Monitoring environmental parameters in poultry production facilities en
dc.type Conference Publication en
dc.internal.availability Full text available en
dc.status Peer reviewed en
dc.neeo.contributor Corkery|Gerard|aut|
dc.neeo.contributor Ward|Shane|aut|
dc.neeo.contributor Kenny|Colum|aut|
dc.neeo.contributor Hemmingway|Phil|aut|
dc.description.admin Author has checked copyright en
dc.description.admin Papers may be published in a special issue of the SpringerOpen journal Energy, Society and Sustainability. Conference website: - OR 28/03/2013 en
dc.description.admin RB 16/04/13 en
dc.internal.rmsid 336431976 2013-03-04T14:36:14Z

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