10 innovators take the digital stage to transform the livestock industry
During the Animal AgTech Innovation Summit, early- to mid-stage companies will have the opportunity to showcase their technology or solution. Hosted by investor judges, the Start-Up Showcases will take place within four themed tracks: Precision Livestock Farming, Aquaculture, Animal Health, and the Microbiome and Feed.
“As innovative start-ups increasingly reimagine biology as an engineering-augmented process, exciting new approaches to addressing fundamental needs in animal health and agriculture will result," says Jenny Rooke, Managing Director, Genoa Ventures.
The 10 start-ups below will each be given five minutes to pitch the viability of his or her technology and business model. The company will then field questions from four seasoned animal ag tech investors:
- Aart van ‘t Land, Director Business Development, Lely
- Nicky Deasy, Managing Partner, The Yield Lab Europe
- Jenny Rooke, Managing Director, Genoa Ventures
- Larsen Mettler, Managing Director Oceans & Seafood Fund, S2G Ventures
Theme 1: Precision Livestock Farming
Cattle Eye (Ireland)
Cattle Eye’s mission is to create the world’s first autonomous livestock monitoring platform, which the company says will not only improve the lives of farmers and livestock, but also revolutionize the protein supply chain. The start-up's deep-learning AI platform is designed to interpret visual imagery of livestock from web cameras and extract valuable insights about those cows.
Cynomys offers a customized, flexible solution for monitoring environmental parameters in animal housing. “Our self-contained devices can control more than 30 parameters and farmers can monitor everything, from toxic gases to water quality factors, on our secure cloud platform at any time wherever they are,” says International Manager, Ambra Milani.
Soos Technology (Israel)
Soos is developing hatching technology to solve the biggest challenge the egg-production industry has today – male-chick culling. Its solution is an AI-driven incubation system that controls the sex development process in chicken embryo, which results in more functional females that lay eggs.
Theme 2: Aquaculture
Impact-9 develops aquaculture structure solutions for high-energy environments using flexible materials and smart design approaches to address big wave challenges. Its goal is to open access to new sites and deliver clean, secure, sustainable aquaculture with reduced maintenance and competitive costs.
Umitron (Singapore and Japan)
Umitron is building user-friendly data platforms for aquaculture by using IoT, satellite remote sensing, and AI. Its technology helps farmers improve farm efficiency, manage environmental risks, and increase business revenues.
Theme 3: Animal Health
Micron Agritech (Ireland)
Micron Agritech has developed Tástáil. This portable testing kit allows farmers or veterinarians to detect parasitic infections in cattle instantly on-site.
“Parasites are a huge health problem in cattle. Many farmers are currently using medication as a preventative measure instead of testing for parasites, which is leading to resistance. So the EU has passed legislation to ban the prophylactic use of anthelmintic medication,” says the company's Director and Co-Founder, Sean Smith.
Pharm Robotics (USA)
Pharm Robotics is creating a robotic injection system for the dairy industry that automates the shot delivery process. “With Sureshot, dairy farmers will now have more time to tend to other important areas within their operation and make better-informed decisions,” says Alika Chuck, Co-Founder and CFO.
Zelp’s smart wearable technology for cattle neutralizes livestock methane exhalations, which are responsible for 40% of total agricultural greenhouse gas emissions. The wearable also gathers unique emissions-related data to improve animal welfare, optimize herd management, and quantify emissions.
Deploying Zelp’s technology on a global scale has the potential to reduce emissions equal to eliminating all forms of transportation combined. The company says this is the most efficient way for the beef and dairy industries to make a dramatic, immediate difference to the climate crisis.
Theme 4: The Microbiome and Feed
Beta Bugs (UK)
Beta Bugs is creating high performance insect genetics for the insects as the protein sector is using proven biotech and breeding strategies. Its current focus is on the Black Soldier Fly and its use as an animal feed, with a mission of doubling this industry's productivity, enabling it to compete on price point with commoditized feed ingredients.
General Probiotics (USA)
General Probiotics develops cellbots and antimicrobials to eliminate harmful pathogens in livestock, which will reduce dependency on antibiotics and enable the production of safe food. The company's first line of products will help chicken producers produce healthy birds and distribute whole chickens and chicken parts that are not contaminated with salmonella, clostridia, or campylobacter. Its next line of products will help swine producers raise healthy pigs – free of diarrheagenic E. coli, Lawsonia intracellularis, or Streptococcus suis.
“In our most recent field trial, we observed a 67% decrease in the mortality rate caused by necrotic enteritis in chickens infected with Clostridia perfringens, when birds were administered our cellbots,” says CEO Yiannis Kaznessis.
The start-up community will join the virtual Animal AgTech Innovation Summit on September 14, 2020, as it brings together 400 animal ag tech leaders for an action-packed day of 1-1 video networking, live panels, and small group roundtable discussions.
The full program, including a list of speakers and registration information, is available at animalagtecheurope.com.