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Research Project: Improving Production and Resource Use Efficiency in Commercial Poultry Production

Location: Poultry Research

Project Number: 6064-32630-008-03-S
Project Type: Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Jul 31, 2019
End Date: Jul 30, 2022

Objective:
Improve production efficiency of poultry growers through the reduction of energy consumption, alternative energy, improved housing and equipment design, and advanced control and decision systems.

Approach:
Energy usage for housing systems and management schemes will be measured with developed instrumentation including; power and gas meters, activity sensors, and environmental monitoring systems. Alternative energy sources will be explored as ways to offset gas fuel (propane and natural gas) to heat poultry houses. Methodologies and instrumentation will be developed to measure the efficiency of poultry house designs (including insulation types and leakage rates) and equipment systems (including radiant heater efficiency). Instrumentation will be used to gather more data types towards the development of better control and decision systems.