Article consacré à la nouvelle innovation Asserva, la dernière innovation issue du partenariat Ifip Institut du porc / Asserva .
Weighing at weaning can help identify diseases early
French researchers are currently testing a tool capable of alerting swine farmers when weaner pigs show signs that might indicate the presence of pathogens.
The tool is being developed at the pig station of the French Pork and Pig Institute (IFIP) in Romillé, France. IFIP researcher Michel Marcon wrote about it in the September-October issue of TechPorc, the magazine co-published by IFIP and the Chamber of Agriculture of Bretagne.
The equipment allows figuring out the feeding and water behaviour of each piglet. Connected feeders and drinkers will send positive signals, allowing the development of an early pathology detection tool. The individual and daily weight of piglets forms the basis, as without these data, early detection of pathologies will be a longer challenge and may even become impossible to meet.