How environment control systems help chicken farmers, tuna anglers
Thursday, Mar 7th 2013

The benefits of environment control systems for food service providers are well documented, as restaurants and others who serve food must ensure that their perishable stores are kept at ideal conditions to prevent the emergence of foodborne illnesses and disease-causing pathogens. However, temperature and humidity monitoring is also beneficial for making sure that livestock is raised and fish is caught under ideal conditions.

For example, a French company recently announced that it is developing an environmental monitoring system that tracks set spots in the open ocean to see if those areas are ideal for tuna populations. That way, fishing operations can sail directly to the tuna instead of having to spend time looking for fish, Handy Shipping Guide reported. This type of environmental monitoring system would reduce the operating costs associated with tuna fishing, and it would enable fishermen to more quickly bring fresh food to market.

"After the notification of [two] contracts in 2012 for the supply of Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) for the observation of fishing fleets and the supply of beacons to track fishing boat fleets and oil slicks, this new contract underlines our capacity and expertise in developing positioning and communication equipment for mobile objects, which are exposed to particularly extreme environmental conditions (flooding, hard impacts or vibrations, high humidity or dust, etc.)," said the CEO of the company developing the technology, according to Handy Shipping Guide.

Why chicken farmers need environmental monitoring equipment
Not only can environment control systems help the fishing industry, but they are also vital tools for chicken farmers. At Farview Poultry Farms in southern Alberta, temperature sensors, humidity monitoring equipment and other environmental condition tools are vital to making sure chicks are brought in and raised under optimal conditions, The Sunny South News reported.

When the newborn chickens arrive on the farm, they must be shipped and kept in warmed facilities in order to nurture future growth, and this necessitates the use of temperature monitoring to maintain ideal conditions at all times. Although chicken farms can bring up images of quaint rural living, the barns used on the farm are state-of-the-art facilities equipped with a variety of sensors, according to The Sunny South News.

Not only do the chickens need to be raised under specific conditions, but the farmers have to use environmental monitoring to make sure that the chicken feed does not go bad too. Should anything go awry at any point in the process, the news source said the farmers must go to the barns immediately to restore homeostatic conditions.

"If it gets too hot or cold an alarm will be sent to me, if that alarm goes off at night, I have to go out there," chicken farmer Paul Veurink said to the news source. "There are alarms for power, water, temperature and feed as well."

Considering the scale at which Farview Poultry Farms operates, the need to maintain ideal conditions at all times is paramount. According to The Sunny South News, the business raises up to 29,000 chicks and can slaughter 80,000 birds on a given day. If the proper environment is not maintained for the chickens, then the farm would stand to lose a significant portion of its inventory.