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The robot of the poultry breeders for the problems of laying on the ground

How Spoutnic, the world’s first autonomous poultry-farming robot, was born

Laetitia and Benoit Savary

 

TIBOT technology is born from on-the-ground experience

 

Like many poultry farmers, Laetitia and Benoît Savary, who raised breeder hens in Mayenne, faced a recurring problem: floor eggs. This accounted for thousands of euros in turnover losses, not to mention the human-resources cost of moving the flock around and picking up the floor eggs, nor the frequent health problems this work entails!

 

Laetita and Benoît decide to tackle the problem. If a space probe capable of carrying the Philae lander 510 million kilometres away from Earth could be launched, it should be possible to come up with a sustainable solution to the problem of floor eggs.

 

Philae - Image by DLR German Aerospace Center, CC-BY

Conceived by poultry farmers, designed by engineers

In 2015, Laetitia and Benoît called on Cimtech, a mechatronics engineering consulting firm located near Rennes (35), to assess the feasibility of a poultry-farming robot that could bring greater comfort and profitability to their daily work.

TIBOT technologies was born in May 2016: its goal is to develop solutions that make poultry farming easier.

 

In the fall of 2016, Spoutnic was presented at the international agricultural fair SPACE 2016, and received an INNOV'SPACE 3-star prize.

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