Egg production: no more floor eggs with the Barny barn robot
Big Dutchman has been researching barn robots for some years. These robots are equipped with sensors and controlled by software and artificial intelligence. For the digital EuroTier, the world market leader presents the autonomous Barny robot, which navigates through the barn and encourages layers to use the nests for egg laying. “Barny is in its beta test phase. Our current results show that the robot can reduce the number of floor eggs by up to 75 percent,” says product developer Ludger Themann.
With an application for their tablet, Barny users can easily define the desired route and visit frequencies for locations where they typically find floor eggs. The route can be adjusted every day.
Barny works autonomously and also returns to the charging station called “PowerNest” on its own. Both robot and charging station are robust and well-protected against dirt, liquids and dust. They can easily be cleaned with a high-pressure cleaner.
Big Dutchman will continue to develop the concept on different test farms in the coming months and create a product that is ready for serial production.
Barny is a modular system and can therefore be extended. “Additional modules such as a camera or a cultivator for the litter are possible,” explains Ludger Themann with regard to current project plans. “We want to devise clever ideas together with users in the field.”
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Take a look below for a video about the innovation Barny!