Streamlining the broiler chicken supply chain in practice via mixed-integer programming
Author: Solano-Blanco, Alfaima L.; González, Jaime E.; Gómez, Luis O.; Medaglia, Andrés L.; Vargas-Sánchez, Jhon J.
Publication date: 2019-03-11
Content type: conferenceObject
In the poultry industry, the meat market requires a careful coordination of the broiler chicken supply chain which is comprised of hatcheries, farms, slaughtering houses, wholesale, and retail vendors. Aside from the inherent challenges of coordinating a supply chain, livestock systems face additional difficult tasks. Lack of coordination within the poultry chain could lead to a production plan that fails the biosecurity standards required for meat for human consumption. To streamline the supply chain, we propose a mixed-integer linear programming model that supports production planning and scheduling decisions in the farm and slaughtering operations at a broiler chicken production facility. We present the results of a case study in Santa Marta (Colombia) where we reached major savings while meeting stringent technical, operational, and biosecurity constraints.
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