Project: Optimizing performance and welfare of fattening pigs using High Frequent Radio Frequency Identification (HF RFID) and synergistic control on individual level.

The aim of the project is to develop an ICT based tool for performance and welfare monitoring of pigs at the individual level. Warning signs, such as alterations in animal behaviour and some other parameters, enable an early detection of diseases or environmental related problems. Since the routinely gathering behavioural information from animals to evaluate their performance and welfare is very time-consuming for farmers, the new technologies demonstrably aid this task (Wathes et al., 2008), especially with large herds. In PIGWISE, we combine automation techniques applying them to monitor the animal’s behaviour. Therefore, the above automated monitoring and decision support will detect problems at early stage preventing bigger economic losses. PIGWISE brings a broad approach combining an innovative individual online-monitoring system, based on RFID with passive HF transponders, camera vision technology and software.

Duration 01/10/2011 - 30/09/2013
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Network ICT-AGRI
Call Integrated ICT and automation for sustainable agricultural production

Project partner

Number Name Role Country
Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection Germany
Institute for Agricultural and Fisheries Research Belgium
Aarhus University - Aarhus University School of Engineering Denmark
Georg-August-University Göttingen - Department of Animal Sciences Coordinator Germany
Istituto Superiore Mario Boella Italy
Porphyrio Belgium