Neovia wants to position itself among the most innovative companies in the field of animal nutrition and health. As such, the company has invested in innovation for a number of years (state-of-the-art analysis laboratory opened in 2013, We’nov, its global innovation centre, opened in 2016, and investments in data analysis and connected objects). This constant investment in innovation must now be coupled with more technological experimentation based on tools (big data, digital technology) and new approaches (test modelling, analysis of animal behaviour, etc.). It must also be fully connected to new societal challenges in order to clearly place livestock farmers (connected farms, home automation) and consumers (children, adults) at the heart of our approach. To achieve these objectives, Neovia has set itself the new challenge of developing its Farm of the future.
The Farm of the future project will be the hub of a French and international network (initially Brazil and then Asia) of connected Farms of the future. This network will include farms owned by Neovia (Neovia’s research centres around the world) as well as private partners or public farms. It will work closely with all of its stakeholders: universities, research institutes, customers, and suppliers.
In 2020, the Brazilian research centre, dedicated to research in pets but also active in the fields of aquaculture and ruminants, will become the first international centre to be connected to the world network of Farms of the future.
The priority axes for the Farm of the future
- Precision and sustainable livestock farming. Connected objects (sensors, connected collars, chips, etc.) collect a lot of data on livestock animals and their environment (buildings, etc.). One of the Farm of the future’s objectives will be to collect and analyse these data to understand, in real time, the needs of each animal and use exactly the right amount of feed to feed them and improve their zootechnical performance. Precision feeding reduces the impact of livestock on the environment and guarantees the proper development of animals. This is combined with work on hygiene and dietetic nutrition.
- Farmer job satisfaction and redesigned working environment. Improving the working conditions of livestock farmers is one of the Farm of the future’s priority areas of focus. Improvements should result in renewed economic balance and a better work-life balance in general. It also involves redesigning the working environment (redesigned building architecture, home automation and connectivity, ergonomics).
- Behaviour analysis & predictive management. Behavioural observation of animals (in particular through the use of connectivity tools) combined with statistical analyses and innovative data processing helps identify recurring trends and anticipate the occurrence of major risks. Neovia is looking to develop “predictive management” tools that will help farmers to better anticipate a variety of risks (health, weather, etc.) and minimise their impacts for a more efficient and clear management of livestock.
- Co-innovation. The Farms of the future network is intended to foster interaction and enable its various contributors to constantly co-develop technological and scientific solutions to develop the Farms of the future and our practices.
- “E-farmer” vocational training. New technologies have profoundly changed our ways of working and will continue to impact the way our businesses develop. As such, Neovia wishes to support and foster training for farmers to help them better integrate new uses and practices in their development. Neovia wants to foster the emergence of a new type of farmer: “the e-farmer”. Neovia also wishes to accompany them in training (dedicated MOOCs, institutes, etc.) over the short and medium-term.
- Consumer interaction. Livestock farmers and consumers need to be regularly in contact with each other to help farmers better understand consumer expectations and give consumers a balanced view of the issues and problems they face. The Farm of the future will be used as a place of dialogue and “technology showcase” to foster exchanges and integrate social issues in practices (discussions with sociologists, school visits, etc.).
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