A technology leader in Latin America swine production has joined Cargill in a strategic partnership to bring emerging digital technologies to customers around the world. Later this month Agriness, which currently manages more than 2 million sows through its S2 farm management software, and Cargill will release a scalable, cloud-based digital farm production management platform.
According to the companies’ announcement, Agriness 365 will provide real-time data and insights to customers through a series of business applications, environmental sensors, voice recognition, advanced analytics and a mobile-based application. Farmers and farm integrators can track key performance indicators such as the number of piglets per sow, piglet weight gain, how well the piglets and sows are performing and production cost per animal.
Through analysis of these KPIs, farmers can quickly pinpoint performance issues and improve them. In addition, management can identify the root cause of problems and solve them more precisely, including sending a technical adviser to work directly with the farmer to make improvements.
"We are working together to build a digital ecosystem that combines Cargill's scale and customer intimacy with the technical skills and capabilities of partners like Agriness to address challenges at the farm level with new and innovative technologies," says SriRaj Kantamneni, managing director for Cargill digital insights. "Agriness' solution will not only enable farmers and integrators to make proactive decisions to improve efficiencies, it will also enhance animal well-being and increase farmer profitability."
Cargill and Agriness intend to bring these swine solutions to new geographies, as well as expand to other species, including poultry and dairy over the coming months.
"This partnership is a perfect fit for both companies. We share a vision of delivering new innovations and value to the customer, with a similar purpose of helping the world thrive. This sits at the center of how our cultures will work together," says Everton Gubert, founder and CEO, Agriness. "The combination of our breakthrough technology and Cargill's animal production expertise, industry knowledge and deep understanding of customer needs will help us bring this technology to farmers around the world and enable them to run more productive and successful operations."
The Agriness investment, which significantly boosts Cargill's digital capability and comes on the heels of an equity investment in Cainthus, adds to the company's portfolio of farmer-focused technology and digital services.
"It's important for us to invest in emerging digital technologies that drive value for our customers and for the industry," says Scott Ainslie, vice president and group director, Cargill. "Cargill is fulfilling our purpose of nourishing the world safely, responsibly and sustainably by using innovations like these to address some of our industry's greatest challenges, such as food safety, food security, sustainability and transparency."
Terms of Cargill's minority equity investment were not disclosed.