The smart choice for stock houses is IoT

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Over the years, poultry and rabbit farms have seen a substantial increase in demand, and thanks to standardised farming management and good practices, many farms have managed to significantly increase their supply. 

However, farmers and consumers alike are now becoming more and more aware of the importance of the safety and traceability of stock.  Traditional methods do not allow farmers to meet high and premium demands for food, so they must adapt to newer and smarter solutions.  IoT technology makes it easier to improve monitoring and the overall quality of the farming process. 

An IoT solution offered by melita.io remotely monitors feed, water, and air quality levels, sending real-time data through a farm’s IoT platform via Melita’s LoRaWan or Narrowband (NB-IoT) Network. This IoT solution makes it possible to maintain optimum farming standards without increasing physical checks by the farmers, making it more cost-effective.

Chickens and rabbits are very sensitive to environmental factors such as harmful gasses, non-adequate ventilation, ammonia due to the accumulation of faeces, and CO2. Ammonia, which is formed from nitrogen that occurs naturally in poultry and rabbit manure is of particular concern because it can cause severe eye irritations and coughing even at low levels. Keeping these gasses under control, together with light, humidity, and air temperature levels also makes a big difference in the quality of the final product.

Melita.io has a smart IoT solution that makes the monitoring of all these important variables easier to achieve and more cost-effective. The solution involves the installation of low-cost and long-life smart sensors that are installed around a farm to collect different readings at pre-set intervals. The readings are then processed through an IoT platform and delivered to the farmer in real-time. The data is also available on mobile devices and comes in an easy-to-interpret format.

With this information in hand, farmers can make data-driven and timely decisions with regards to feeding, cleaning, and other essential processes on their farm, avoiding waste, lowering risks, and maximising the farms’ potential.

The sensors are compact, have an advanced battery-backed system, are easy to install and deploy, and do not disrupt the operation of farms. The technology, which is enabled through melita.io and its LoRaWan or Narrowband (NB-IoT) Network has already proven to be very successful by significantly reducing disease and mortality in stock houses, as well as increasing output and optimising overall operations on farms.  To learn more about how melita.io can help your agriculture business take advantage of the power of the Internet of Things, contact us

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