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Optimising feedback of computerised meat inspection findings and Precision Livestock Farming monitors on farm to improve pig health, welfare and carcass quality

Project summary

PLF technologies are playing an increasingly important role in the early diagnosis of disease in pig production. By collecting animal- & environment-based data, these tools support decision making at farm level. In the case of respiratory disease, the Pig Respiratory Distress Package (SOMO) performs continuous & automated measurements of coughing by analysing the sound collected within a pig house using a microphone. This tool was developed to give farmers an objective measure of coughing frequency in finisher pigs (>25kg) & studies show its potential for early detection of episodes of respiratory disease when compared to detection by farm personnel.


Evaluate the effectiveness & efficacy of the SOMO to monitor pig respiratory disease & to aid in decision making processes.

Quantify the effect of the SOMO on pig health outcomes on farm & at slaughter, & on antimicrobial use.


Laura Boyle

Joana Pessoa