The Poultry Science Extension team at UGA held our 4th annual Georgia Precision Poultry Farming Conference virtually on May 1st, 2024. This year’s conference received about 380 registrations (e.g., poultry farmers, producers, service company managers, researchers, and students) from over 20 countries.

We greatly appreciate the wonderful talk from each speaker and the support from UGA Institute of Integrative Precision Agriculture, Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI), and Watt Global Media (Watt Poultry).

Program agenda:
2024 Georgia Precision Poultry Farming Conference -Virtual
May 1, 2024 – 09:00-16:00 US Eastern Time
Coordinator/Moderator: Dr. Lilong Chai, UGA Poultry Science

Welcome & Updates
09:00 AM    Welcome and Poultry Science Department Update
Dr. Todd Applegate, Assistant Dean, 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, Associate Department Dead, 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
11:45 AM  Audio sensors for monitoring poultry health and welfare
Mr. Tom Darbonne, CEO & Co-Founder, AudioT/Sound Principals

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
Moderator: Mr. Colin Usher/Dr. Doug Britton, GTRI
Panelists: Mr. Colin Usher, Senior Research Scientist, GTRI
Dr. Sueng-Chul Yoon, Research Electronics Engineer, USDA ARS
Dr. Martin Zuidhof, Professor, University of Alberta, Canada
Dr. Konrad Ahlin, Senior Research Scientist, GTRI
4:00 PM    Conference Conclusion