February 1, 2019

Next farmhand in poultry barn could be a robot

A prototype of a robotic assistant for poultry barns locked down funding on Jan. 15 by winning Red Wing Ignite’s Ag Tech Challenge.

Jack Kilian, an electrical engineering major and research assistant at the University of Minnesota, gave the winning pitch for the semi-autonomous robot that would help monitor poultry barns.

The “Poultry Patrol” will be a robot that performs tasks like detecting dead poultry, training birds to lay eggs in specific locations, disinfecting spots of excrement, turning soil and retrieving eggs.  Read more

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