UGA poultry science department and Extension team will host the 2024 Georgia Precision Poultry Farming Conference virtually on May 1. The event is free for student participants. The conference will be recorded for sharing with registered participants.

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This year’s conference will be the fourth annual Georgia Precision Poultry Farming Conference. Our past three conferences had trained over 1100 attendees from 40+ countries.

Program agenda:

2024 Georgia Precision Poultry Farming Conference -virtual

May 1, 2024 – 09:00-16:00 US Eastern Time

Coordinator: Dr. Lilong Chai, UGA Poultry Science

Welcome & Updates

09:00 AM     Welcome and Poultry Science Department Update

         Dr.Todd Applegate, Department Head & Distinguished Professor, UGA Poultry Science

09:15 AM     Welcome and Georgia Poultry Federation Update

         Mr.Mike Giles, President, Georgia Poultry Federation

09:30 AM     UGA Poultry Extension Update

          Dr.Casey Ritz, Professor & Extension Coordinator, UGA Poultry Science

Morning Technical Session

09:40  AM   Monitoring & managing poultry welfare and behaviors with technology

          Dr. Janice Siegford, Professor & Associate Chair, Michigan State University

10:25  AM   Robots for monitoring poultry welfare on commercial farms

Dr. Theo Demmers, Senior Scientist, Royal Veterinary College, UK

11:00  AM   Challenges and opportunities in precision poultry breeding

          Dr. William Herring, Vice President for Research & Development, Cobb-Vantress

11:45 AM   Audio sensors for monitoring poultry health and welfare

Mr. Tom Darbonne, CEO & Co-Founder, AudioT/Sound Principals


12:30 Break

Afternoon Technical Session

1:00 PM   Modern poultry processing technologies

          Dr.Brian Kiepper, Associate Professor, UGA Poultry Science

1:40 PM   Monitoring broiler welfare with imaging technologies

          Dr. Hao Gan, Assistant Professor, University of Tennessee

2:20 PM  New approaches to managing animal carcasses during disease outbreaks

Mr.Gary Flory, Founder & Director of Operations, G.A. Flory Consulting


Panel Discussion

3:00 PM   Implementation of Precision Poultry Technologies

                   Host: Dr. Doug Britton, Associate Division Chief, Georgia Tech Research Institute

                   Panelists: TBD

4:00 PM     Conference Conclusion