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January 24, 2023
Farm Health Guardian is pleased to announce the investment of seed funding from Sustainable Development Technology Canada.
"The investment of seed funding by SDTC will enable us to accelerate our development of digital tools that will protect animal health. And, protecting the health of livestock and poultry means more sustainable food production," says Rob Hannam, CEO of Farm Health Guardian.
SDTC recognizes the negative impacts of livestock disease and the need for innovative solutions to prevent outbreaks.
"Disease outbreaks in livestock can have devastating consequences for farmers, their industries and public health," says Leah Lawrence, president and CEO. "Farm Health Guardian’s technology can stop animal disease outbreaks before they spread, protecting a farm's biosecurity. SDTC is proud to support Farm Health Guardian to further develop this innovative solution."
Animal disease is a major issue for the livestock and poultry sector in Canada and globally. For example, commercial poultry farms in Canada lost nearly seven million birds in 2022 due to highly pathogenic avian influenza.
In addition to the loss of animals, disease causes a decrease in production efficiency. This means that more resources like feed and water are needed to produce the same amount of food, resulting in an increased environmental footprint. The faster a farmer and their veterinarian can identify a disease, the better chance they have to stop the spread within a farm or to other farms in a supply chain.
Farm Health Guardian's digital biosecurity system and centralized animal health records enable a faster response to recognize and stop disease early. Fewer animals get sick or die due to disease, resulting in a lower environmental footprint and more sustainable food production. It's a better outcome for the animals, people and the environment.
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