Healthy animals grow more consistently bringing greater profit. Automated early alarms limit disease and antibiotic use.
The system provides accurate information about the cough level in each pen of the farm and gives the possibility to reduce the use of antibiotics, and to improve animal health and food safety. Although the overall health condition of pigs has improved over the last decades, lung damage still remains an Achilles heel in many commercial piggeries. Respiratory infections affect the breeding process in many different ways and have a massive impact on the economic results of the production cycle.Potential benefits of cough monitoring:
Fancoms pig cough monitor provides a viable answer to the problem by using the benefits of sound to identify respiratory disease early. Healthy animals will perform better, leading to more consistent growth, end weight and greater profit. Sick pigs still need to be treated with antibiotics, but improved and faster observation of the animals reduces the use of these for shorter periods to less animals. A reduction in the use of antibiotics is healthier for both pigs and humans.
The system gives veterinarians the ability to meet the challenge of continuously collecting more detailed information about current threats. Not only they can detect potential threats/infected animals in a quick and economic way, they can also compare the results of different farms and manage the threat of a wider spread infection within their region.
The Pig Cough Monitor is geared at detecting the coughing in pig houses and is capable of distinguishing coughs from other sounds in any pig house, like ventilation noise, closing doors, mechanical contact noises, etc. It can also distinguish between non-productive coughs (often dust-related) and productive coughs (often caused by pathogens).
Using a system consisting of a control with analysing software and two microphones installed at several locations, data will be saved and interpreted – and should an unwanted situation occur with more than normal amounts of coughs, a signal can be sent to the farm manager or veterinarian.