Sustainable and animal-friendly meat production

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It is estimated that the world population will reach nine billion in 25 years’ time. Around 70% of this population is projected to live in urban areas where the space to produce their own food is lacking. In order to secure food supplies for more than nine billion people worldwide, the number of pigs and chickens and the scale of farms where they are raised must increase.  We believe that intensifying livestock farming is the only way to produce enough meat to feed all these people. However, meat production must take place sustainably and with respect for animal welfare, without losing sight of the farmer's profitability and the wishes of other stakeholders. 

Ammonia reduction and energy savings

In contrast to the growing population, the number of farmers is declining. Some 70 years ago, one in 20 people was a farmer. The current figure is one in 155. What this means is that fewer farmers have to raise an ever-increasing number of animals, while at the same time they are constantly facing the challenges of new legislation and regulations, pressure on profit margins and shifting consumer demands. Today’s farmer increasingly resembles a multi-tasking manager. Fancom sees these developments as a challenge to create solutions that will enable animal-friendly meat production using the latest in modern technology. By making use of technology and efficient management strategies, emissions can be considerably reduced and animal welfare can be improved without affecting the operational efficiency of agricultural enterprises. Our systems contribute to lowering emissions of ammonia, dust and noise. This helps poultry and pig producers to be better equipped to meet the applicable legislation. Achieving a reduction in ammonia emissions of 60% and energy savings of up to 75% are quite feasible.


Animal-friendly production

Monitoring tools are not intended to replace the farmer. However, they make it possible for farmers to allocate their valuable time more efficiently. Farmers can direct their attention to the individual animals that need their help. On their daily inspection of the houses, they can concentrate on the places that need attention, or where problems are a potential threat. The monitoring tools provide insight into the possible cause of the problem. This is set to change the lives of farmers and their animals. Farmers can take action as soon as an animal is experiencing any problems. In addition, they can devote more time to preventing problems, so that animals can be reared, or can produce, in a healthy and animal-friendly way.

Optimal animal performance

The automated systems already installed in the house also generate valuable information about the animals. For example, the feeding system provides data on feed and water consumption and an animal weighing system gives an indication of animal activity, as well as registering the weight. The software indicates that animals are moving around less, failing to eat or drink, or that their growth rate is slowing. Something is evidently wrong, as all these signals are often a first sign of illness. Continuous monitoring identifies these signals much earlier, allowing farmers to intervene more quickly and apply more targeted actions to achieve an optimal performance from their animals.

Our mission is to show the world that technology is already capable of helping farmers produce meat on a large scale using animal-friendly methods. We call this 'Forward thinking'.

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