The award-winning Livetec Nex®


The Livetec NEX® is a fully WATOK and Red Tractor compliant simple to use, hand-held depopulation device.

Launched in 2019, this innovative product was designed by Livetec following extensive scientific development and has been proven as a humane and more consistent culling method than manual dislocation.

It gives farmers in-house depopulation capabilities for individual birds up to 5kg of birds on-farm without a limit on numbers.

The Nex guarantees a humane, quick and consistent dislocation, avoiding the unnecessary suffering caused by many other tools.


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An award winning product

The Livetec NEX was awarded The Best New Product by judges at the 2020 Poultry Business Awards and Pig & Poultry Fair.


This was in recognition of it fulfilling an on-farm welfare need and was the result of a collaboration between industry and academia.

The judges also liked the innovation of a genuinely new and groundbreaking product while noting it’s affordability for every size of business.


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The Livetec NEX® Benefits

  • Poultry Business New Product Award winner
  • WATOK regulations compliant
  • Red Tractor compliant
  • EU 1099/2009 compliant
  • Up to 5kg of birds allowed per day (only 3kg allowed manually)
  • No restriction on culls per person per day (only 70 permitted manually)
  • Hand held, comfortable ergonomic design
  • Built on 3 years of academic scientific research
  • Refined through 2 years of R&D
  • Humane Slaughter Association (HSA) supported

The Livetec NEX® History


Livetec Systems spent several years developing and trialling The NEX® from its initial prototype design to the revolutionary product on the market today.

The NEX® is inspired by a 3-year PhD by Dr Jessica Martin of the University of Edinburgh, which was funded by the Humane Slaughter
Association. Dr Martin’s PhD studied different methods of culling poultry and proposed a new handheld device designed to be quicker and more consistent than traditional manual cervical dislocation.

Livetec Systems developed this prototype over several years with the welfare of the bird a top priority. Following rigorous field
tests and extensive user feedback, we have designed a simple to use, robust device that ensures neck dislocation will be consistent, compliant and humane.

The NEX® goes beyond animal welfare.


“Inconsistent and non- compliant slaughter also ultimately has negative effects on the producer’s bottom line. Biosecurity is compromised if infected birds are not dispatched cleanly and quickly, and there can be serious legal and financial consequences for not meeting standards. NEX® is part of the toolkit to help all involved in looking after poultry ensure they do so with the utmost attention to bird welfare.”

Julian Sparrey, Technical Director at Livetec Systems


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