- Project Dates: From October 2014 to March 2018
- Project Leader: Professor Ilias Kyriazakis; Dr Thomas Ploetz
- Staff: Dr Jim Clapp; Dr Stephen Matthews; Jennifer Baksh; Gareth Woodward
- Sponsors: TSB/BBSRC
- Partners: Zoetis (Lead Partner); RAFT Solutions; Innovent; Harbro
This project seeks to develop an early warning system for detecting health and welfare problems in grower/finisher pigs.
An engineering solution based on video and environmental sensors will automatically capture and analyse behaviour and performance changes in pigs. Health/welfare problems manifest as subtle changes in affected pigs, before clinical signs are observed, thereby affecting growth trajectories & activity, including reductions in feeding/drinking behaviour.
This is a first-of-a-kind development of an automated and scalable approach to early detection of health/welfare problems in pigs, which is vital for rapid intervention and early treatment.