School of Natural and Environmental Sciences


Automated Screening for pathologies at abattoir through computer vision based inspection of Pig carcasses

Visual inspection of carcasses is an important factor for ensuring the quality of meat products. However, manual inspection puts a strain on meat inspector resources, which effectively prevents detailed screening for the purposes of health schemes.


The specific aims of this project are:

The project will enhance confidence in detecting health hazards in pig carcasses and offal, aiming towards automated detection of underlying subclinical disease. Feeding this back to pig farmers will increase productivity and improve efficiency on farms through preventing further diseases.


Producers will be able to make decisions about improving the health of their herd through the information they receive from the abattoir. The project will thus contribute towards sustainability and competitiveness of the UK pig industry