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Record number 505693
Title A Dutch robotics expert is developing a robot that will assist egg producers around the world
Author(s) Henten, Eldert van
Source A Dutch robotics expert is developing a robot that will assist egg producers around the world, 2015-02-10
Department(s) PE&RC
Farm Technology Group
Publication type Media appearance
Publication year 2015
Keyword(s) Robotics expert
Abstract

A Dutch robotics expert is developing a robot that will assist egg producers around the world.Media player: "Space" to play, "M" to mute, "left" and "right" to seek. Australian Broadcasting Corporation ...

Audio: Dutch expert Professor Edvert van Henten is working on a robot egg collector (ABC Rural)

The robot will collect eggs, boost productivity and monitor the welfare of chickens.Biosystems Engineering Professor Edvert van Henten, from Wageningen University in the Netherlands, was one of 60 international experts who attended a Summer School on Agricultural Robotics at the University of Sydney.

Professor van Henten said the robot would help farmers save time and money. "The hens have to lay their eggs in the nests, but 30 per cent are laid on the floor in the litter," he said."They cannot be sold as prime quality and they attract other chickens to lay there as well so the farmers have to collect them by walking through twice a day, which is a challenging task."Professor van Henten said farmers were looking forward to having access to this technology."They ask where they can buy it, but the technology is not yet ready and like milking machines in the dairy industry, there is much to be done to make them commercially available," he said.

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