Grant awarded for implementation of precision farming in swine project

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MSD Animal Health has awarded the 2020 High-Quality Pork — Precision Farming Award to Tami Brown-Brandl, Ph.D., professor of biological systems engineering at the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
The award grants up to US$200,000 towards project implementation for project “Next-Generation Grow-Finish Swine Health and Growth Monitoring.”

The winning project demonstrated the benefits of using an radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology and depth cameras to monitor feeding/drinking behaviors and weight gain in pigs to accurately detect abnormal events and acute and chronic illnesses.

This data can lead to substantial economic benefits for pig producers worldwide.

Using the gran, Dr Brown-Brandi and her team plan to further develop the monitoring system and other technology solutions to ultimately improving precision animal management for the swine industry.

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