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Project Cal Poly University Research Centre - Cases Study


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About the Poultry Center
The Cal Poly Poultry Center has housing facilities for 7,000 broilers and 7,000 replacement pullets. In addition, the Poultry Center has two egg production facilities—a two-story turbo house and a stack-deck house. Both houses are exact replicas of the facilities currently used by the commercial egg production industry. The Poultry Center also contains a research house that can hold approximately 2,2000 birds. With 96 pens each capable of holding 22 to 25 birds, this research building has the capacity for various contract research and in the past, has been used for research in nutritional immunology. A battery room with 96 individual brooding pens is also available and used for short-term trials. Currently, the Cal Poly poultry program is investigating housing methods for compliance with Prop 2 (effective January 2015).
Project Cal Poly University Research Centre - Cases Study
Project Cal Poly University Research Centre - Cases Study

About the Project

In 2016, SALMET and Ruby360 formed a partnership with Cal Poly State University in San Luis Obispo, CA. As a result of a generous donation from Cal Poly alumni Peter Oppenheimer, this project saw four new SALMET poultry housing systems installed accompanied by Ruby360 custom control systems on campus revolutionizing poultry education.

Cal Poly is a leader in agricultural innovation which makes a relationship with SALMET and Ruby360 a perfect fit. As industry leaders, Ruby360 provides a completely integrated system with heavy focus on cultivating the latest technology allowing poultry farmers to maximize control and supervision of their operations by utilizing their farm’s full potential.

Project Cal Poly University Research Centre - Cases Study

About the System

  • Poultry rearing housing systems
  • Enriched colony housing systems
  • Alternative cage-free nest systems
  • Electrical control systems
  • Bird weighing
  • LED lighting systems
  • Climate controls
  • Video surveillance allowing the controller to have 24/7 remote access
  • Feed weighing and feed management technology
  • Egg conveying
  • Egg counting and control
  • Entirely automated agricultural computer system

In addition to the obvious benefits for the poultry science students at Cal Poly, the SALMET® and Ruby360 systems will act as a showcase internationally for the ever-expanding poultry industry.

The future of farming

One lucky student from Cal Poly will be accepting an internship in Germany at a SALMET® production facility. This opportunity will allow for hands-on experience and training with the products, which will be integral in the function and maintenance of future operations at Cal Poly. With a constant movement towards improving animal welfare within the poultry industry, this relationship creates opportunity for increased education for all poultry science students on proper animal care while still learning the most modern techniques of operation for increasing efficiency and production.

Peter Oppenheimer, Cal Poly alumni who graduated with a degree in agricultural business management in 1985. Oppenheimer later went on to act as the CFO of Apple Inc. for 10 years. Under his tenure, the company’s annual revenue grew from $8 billion to $171 billion.The donation of $20 million from Peter and his wife, Mary Beth is the largest cash donation in the history of the university.

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