Nutreco Feed Tech Challenge 2018

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Early Embryos Profiling to send the best chicks to market with sustainable cost and high welfare

Early sensing with a noninvesiv method of an egg with special machine learning

Analytics  to identify the sex and future performance of a broiler chicken, the key to grow poultry sustainability is by raising male and female in different barns as well as saving on early mortality from weak chicks, reaching uniform broiler flocks will be possible as soon as we can rescue the best performers from a normal distributed embryos population. the new method allows processing of millions of eggs per day around the clock with increasing efficiency and productivity all around the production chain.

our method is straight forward and very robust allowing fast noninvasive way to learn everything on a chicken before it hatches. 

Describe the problem your company wishes to solve and how your product or service will solve it

After a series of discussions with The Humane League, United Egg Producers has announced that it will eliminate the culling of male chicks from its egg laying hen hatcheries by 2020, or as soon as commercially available and economically feasible. The organization, which represents 95% of all egg producers in the US, plans to replace existing male chick culling practices with in-ovo egg sexing technology. Currently, female chicks born in hen hatcheries are raised to become layer hens, but the industry has no use for male chicks which cannot lay eggs or efficiently grow to become meat birds. Common culling practices include grinding the chicks in high-speed industrial grinders, asphyxiation, or crushing. In the broilers industry it is needed to raise male and female separately to have efficiency and not loss monies from a not uniformed flock, all 1 day old chicks need to go through manual sexing that is harmful and stressful as well as being a super professional job.


To address this practice of culling day-old chicks, a new Patented technology developed by Ziv Dubinsky founder of MRFS, determines the sex of each fertilized egg before the hatching. The embryo-sexing technology, which should soon be available for commercial use in egg production, will enable the marking of near to all female-identified eggs from the hatchery, allowing them to hatch and not be manually sexed. The Human League characterizes this as both a more ethical and more sustainable process, which will remove tens of millions of eggs from manual expensive time consuming work, as the male-identified eggs will be used correctly. The German government recently made a similar commitment to put this technology to use within the next few years.


Determining the sex of an unhatched egg using a non invasive method is possible, through the use of Support Vector Machine learning. Metabolic Robots has identified over 94% of female embryos before they have hatched and can today bring down manual sexing cost by  more than 20%. We have determined associated learning algorithms divided by a clear data gap between male and female embryos. Next step is going to Kernel methods that operate in high dimensional features and statistical learning to bring our analysis to the max bringing cost of manual work down by 50%.

Describe other business assistance that you are seeking from Nutreco

Anabel testing at partner facilities with personal to run manual R&D protocols

Are you available to participate in the final event in the Netherlands 28, 29, and 30 May? All expenses will be covered by Nutreco

Yes

Describe how the prize - a validation trial in our facilities - could boost the development of your business

Only with a large companies validation this technology will be a must at all hatching facilities

If you already have a website for your business, please share the URL

Only posta on the web

The technology isnt patented yet

edited on Mar 26, 2018 by Ziv Dubinsky

teresa debesa 2 months ago

The idea has been progressed to the next milestone.

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Ziv Dubinsky 2 months ago

Hello, happy to have the extreme luck. Regards

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teresa debesa 2 months ago

Welcome back to the challenge Ziv! Good Luck!

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Benny Van Haandel 2 months ago

Hi Ziv,
Can you say something about recent field trail results? What type of equipment is needed? Can this easily be scaled up for whole layer chains?
Regards,
Benny

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Ziv Dubinsky 2 months ago

we have great results from layer eggs, the test shows a reduction of close to 20% in eggs needing manual sexing. while keeping 94% of the female population. (done with a group of 140 eggs 50\50% male female) analytics are as well showing data that is predictive of the embryos future performance as a broiler chicken. our sensors are sensing full egg trays at a time ( 140-160 eggs) and system is planed to handle many hundreds of trays each hour. so test is fast noninvasive and the analytics determine if its a male or female and how efficiently will they perform in the future. Today non of those tests are to be found and incorporating this technology into the poultry industry at the hatchery level will allow to grow unisex uniformed flocks with low mortality in the 1st days - allowing the birds to feed trough the growing period and get to market. the technology also allows tractability and better risk management.
customers are as well expected to pay more for the safe product (healthy chicken).
we have done tests in the Netherlands with a leading hatchery equipment company and are looking forward supplying the industry with the product after we finish R&D.
https://pragmatic-net.eu/product-name/non-inv...-unhatched-egg/

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Ziv Dubinsky 2 months ago

https://pragmatic-net.eu/product-name/non-inv...-unhatched-egg/

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Ziv Dubinsky 2 months ago


The NEED:
After a series of discussions with The Humane League, United Egg Producers has announced that it will eliminate the culling of male chicks from its egg laying hen hatcheries by 2020, or as soon as commercially available and economically feasible. The organization, which represents 95% of all egg producers in the US, plans to replace existing male chick culling practices with in-ovo egg sexing technology. Currently, female chicks born in hen hatcheries are raised to become layer hens, but the industry has no use for male chicks which cannot lay eggs or efficiently grow to become meat birds. Common culling practices include grinding the chicks in high-speed industrial grinders, asphyxiation, or crushing. In the broilers industry it is needed to raise male and female separately to have efficiency and not loss monies from a not uniformed flock, all 1 day old chicks need to go through manual sexing that is harmful and stressful as well as being a super professional job.

To address this practice of culling day-old chicks, a new Patented technology developed by Ziv Dubinsky founder of MRFS, determines the sex of each fertilized egg before the hatching. The embryo-sexing technology, which should be available for commercial use in egg production, will enable the marking of near to all female-identified eggs from the hatchery, allowing them to hatch and not be manually sexed. The Human League characterizes this as both a more ethical and more sustainable process, which will remove tens of millions of eggs from manual expensive time consuming work, as the male-identified eggs will be used correctly. The German government recently made a similar commitment to put this technology to use within the next few years.
knowledge of the chicks future performance and welfare is the key to efficiency and sustainability - no need to amplify.

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Ellen Hambrecht 2 months ago

Hi Ziv,
welcome back and good to see that you have been working on another idea how to make livestock production more sustainable.
A short question: at what moment in time (i.e. days in incubation) do you apply your technology?
Best of luck,
Ellen

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Ziv Dubinsky 2 months ago

Hello Ellen

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Ziv Dubinsky 2 months ago

Since I'm looking to help the industry it is only fair not to effect the future of hatching equipment, in broilers the analysis are delivered on day 18 and with layers as well. That's a different strategy opposite to day zero analytics. I don't find a logic in clearing half of the incubators and prevent growth of the equipment segment with the growing demand. All other teams looking for a day zero solution may have the wrong effect on the hatchery equipment suppliers yet they are expected to distribute such a solution.

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Ziv Dubinsky 2 months ago

we are able to work with all kinds of eggs with no need in genetic markers or long waiting for the results. the product comes to dramatically change the poultry industry in understanding young animals needs ( as young as an embryos )
specially aims for the broilers intensive industry we need only the best performers to enter the hard competitive environment of the production barn, weak chicks tend to increase the growing gap and die early not reaching marketing day - wasting feed they eat. our test determines if the chicken has a good metabolism and a good predicted feed to protein conversion ratio!! before it is sent to the barn and during incubation time!!. this way allows us to trow away the weakest individual eggs tot he pet food industry before it hatches and has to be culled alive.

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Saravanan Subramanian 2 months ago

Hi Ziv,

A potential idea for disruptive innovation in poultry industry. With your technology it seems you can rewrite the phrase to 'Count your chicken before they hatch'!
You are targeting on 2 problems with your technology: 1. Sexing of chicken before hatching 2. Predicting future bird performance before hatching
If I understand right, you are detecting metabolic differences between male and female embryos during incubation using sophisticated sensors and algorithm to make decision. You have achieved 94% accuracy of finding female chicken in your pilot experiment.
What improvements are needed with your technology to improve the accuracy? are there any inherent technological limitation in detecting the metabolic signals?

Have you done trials to predict future bird performance before hatching using your technology? I guess, the bird performance depends lot on the external environmental factors (feed, rearing conditions etc..), I wonder how best you can predict the birds future performance? Can you let us know more on this.

Best regards,
Saravanan

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Ziv Dubinsky 2 months ago

hello Saravanan,
Your assumption is correct. i hope to answer your questions.
Any limitation we encounter with the sexing technology is allowing the remaining of the manual work as done today and supports many lives... Yet is concerning the sexing analysis only, today i can not identify all of the eggs and currently formula is showing a 20% reduction in eggs needing manual sexing. When doing the performance\profiling analysis or doing a fertility test ( test done today with candling systems) - their are no theoretical limitations to the invention and the mathematical picture is clear. The mathematics are malty dimensional and involve some combined approaches.
some improvements are needed to algorithms as well as testing different genetic lines and different incubation plans to have an accurate formula.
The HW is solid and needs no r&d improvement just design.
Regarding testing the performance parameter in a live set:-for this it is needed to have a full production chain coordinating to have the real results , of some test flocks and control flocks performing live, after being induced by the egg selection ,before hatching. Very hard to manage.
Yet i can prove it is correct without the need for a long indurable trail - since the same set of tests done on the embryos is showing traceable parameters to determine a X factor - the same parameters and test can be done to live broilers and will show similar sensor readings like the embryos just with larger linear signals.
i am looking forward to discussing the full theory and algorithms with the judges and present the theoretical basis to the invention and the test results in a graphed meaner during the challenge ( if selected )
Regarding prediction- ( or the other side of the formula) ; An individual animal is not genetically strange to its environment and is part of a group\flock, with normal distribution parameters.
As long as the system accumulates data regarding a specific egg population determined normally in the industry by an origin mother flock of several thousands of layers (big data and machine learning)- -the algorithm knows what to expect of the "normal population egg" readings, if the egg performs under its flocks normal performance bar it is predicted to be a weak not efficient or sick animal. when this test is done in a real barn with a flock of live broilers the test will reveal just that - weak animals that die early. So if we can get the reading on this animal early on during incubation it should be removed as early as posible for its own welfare and for sustainability of the production chain.

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Saravanan Subramanian 1 month ago

Thanks Ziv for your reply. Hope to meet you to discuss further.

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teresa debesa 1 month ago

The idea has been progressed to the next milestone.

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Ziv Dubinsky 1 month ago

What kind of documents are needed to be sent

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teresa debesa 1 month ago

Status label added: Full business case submitted

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Ziv Dubinsky 1 month ago

Thank you

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