Video imaging for monitoring of growing-finishing pigs
October 09, 2012
With $76,036 in funding from the Farm Innovation Program (FIP), Ontario Pork developed this project to monitor, with video imaging, growth performance data amongst commercial growing-finishing pigs.
For trial one, the project evaluated the accuracy and precision of predicting the live body weight of individual pigs from video images. Trials two and four evaluated pig pens and the accuracy of predicting mean live body weights from video images for different pig genotypes. What happened to trial three?
The project was successful in conducting an unbiased assessment of this innovative technology for real-time monitoring of pig growth performance. However, in doing so, it has been found that some further development is required before the system can be used for routine monitoring. Specific suggestions for further development have been made. For example, further development of specific algorithms is required to account for gender and genotype effects on the relationship between video images and body weight.
This project was funded in part through Growing Forward, a federal-provincial-territorial initiative. The Agricultural Adaptation Council assists in the delivery of several Growing Forward programs in Ontario.