Chickens are not usually on the menu on this page, but the acquisition of Spanish precision livestock farming company Faromatics by AGCO is interesting and further strengthens the company’s presence in the poultry sector.

Faromatics (Farm Robotics and Automation) is the creator of the ChickenBoy, the world’s first ceiling-suspended robot to autonomously monitor poultry to help farmers increase animal welfare and productivity.

The patented system uses sensors and artificial intelligence to measure a wide range of different parameters including thermal sensation, air quality, light and sound.

AGCO topman Eric Hansotia says the acquisition supports the company’s vision to offer smart farming solutions across every area of its business. “We’re excited to create smart technology solutions for livestock producers, strengthen our existing capabilities, and accelerate innovation that helps our customers increase profitability while improving animal welfare.”

Faromatics was founded in 2016. The company is developing other smart robotic solutions.

AGCO also owns Tecno Poultry Equipment (produces automated and computerised water supply, feeding, egg collection, air conditioning and cleaning systems for rearing and laying hens) and Cumberland, which makes a wide range of poultry equipment including feeding and watering systems, ventilation equipment, heaters and nesting equipment.