Connecticut-based poultry data company Ancera marked a milestone this month by monitoring its 50 millionth broiler chicken since the company’s launch in 2012, according to a press release.

Ancera’s flagship data product is its Coccidia System Monitoring, which gives integrators the ability to identify Coccidia parasites. These parasites can cause coccidiosis — an orally transmitted disease that leads to poor performance, loss of pigmentation, diarrhea, and mortality in severe cases — in real-time with simple, easy-to-use software. The platform quantifies production risk, arming producers with the data needed to prevent adverse events, optimize feed and control program costs, and manage poultry operations with new levels of precision.

Ancera now integrates more than 100 data sources into profiles for each U.S. Department of Agriculture FSIS-regulated facility by combining its proprietary diagnostic analytics, production history, and open-source intelligence. The company says that, backed by advanced microbiology, data science, and industry insider expertise, its next-generation assays’ data algorithms identify which farms are underperforming and provide real-time visibility — a critical first step in optimizing decisions and outputs.

“Production issues such as managing animal diseases are considered a cost of doing business for food producers, but our platform finds new profit centers at a time when industry margins are under heavy pressure,” said Arjun Ganesan, founder and CEO of Ancera. “Ancera is focused on delivering cutting-edge monitoring capabilities that enable birds to reach full weight faster with less feed. Our milestone is significant because this approach monitors ten times more samples than a visiting veterinarian and statistically models the entire population. These large datasets allow integrators to discover new ways to reduce threats and increase their margins.”