Moy Park to focus on Big Data through new appointment

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Anne Richmond is set to join Moy Park in the newly created position of agriculture analyst. 

Richmond holds a PhD from Queen’s University, Belfast as well as completing a thesis at the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute in Hillsborough. In addition, she has recently completed a fellowship at the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology at Westminster. The company is confident that Richmond’s appointment will help it to lead the field in agricultural innovation.

The employment of Richmond is in conjunction with Moy Park’s emphasis on ‘Big Data’. This consists of data sets comprising statistics collected across the firm’s hatcheries, factories and farms. The purpose of this scheme is to gather important information that will assist in identifying trends, subsequently aiding with decision-making, operational efficiency and risk reduction through the business.

The focus on innovation also takes a look at extensive research at Moy Park’s purpose-built, poultry performance house in Co Down. Information received from the facility is processed through a data processing system that also supports progression made in agriculture productivity. This includes benefiting supply chain efficiencies and enhanced bird welfare.

“The benefits of utilising ‘Big Data’ in business is well-known, but often overlooked in the agri-food industry,” explained Moy Park’s general manager of agriculture development Justin Coleman.

“The unique insight Moy Park can derive from data is pushing the boundaries of agricultural innovation and is already yielding results in areas such as production efficiency and nutrition. Our analysis is also playing a pivotal role in our efforts to combat campylobacter – research that benefits not just Moy Park, but also our customers and consumers. We are delighted to welcome Anne to the team and look forward to expanding our work in this area.”

Richmond’s appointment is the second for the processor in two weeks. Her employment follows that of Michael O’Neill, who joined Moy Park from InvestNI to head up their Continuous Improvement programme.

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