Project goal

Project No. 00009.DDD.6509.00029.2018.05

Project implementation period (start and end date of the operation)
2/12/2011 - 01/11/2021

Sources of financing the operation:
The total value of the operation - PLN 1,707,684.72

Eligible cost - PLN 1,663,246.67

1 520 689.00 PLN subsidy, including:

PLN 967 614.41 EAFRD funds

PLN 553,074.59 domestic public funds

We are an Operational Group (EPI) entitled "Healthy animals - healthy food ThermoEye" acting as a consortium of entities:

- operation leader - advisory unit - Łódzki Ośrodek Doradztwa Rolniczego based in Bratoszewice

- scientific and research unit - University of Life Sciences with headquarters in Poznań

- farmers and micro enterprises:

- Smart Soft Solutions Sp. z o. o.

- Maryla Majewska

- Krzysztof Adamek

- Cezary Ostalczyk

The consortium titled: was created for the needs of the project titled: "ThermoEye - an innovative system for protecting the welfare of pigs" for the "Cooperation" activity covered by the RDP 2014-2020.

Project goal:

The project called "ThermoEye - an innovative system for improving the welfare of pigs" is aimed at developing and implementing a non-invasive temperature monitoring system for farm animals (pigs) as one of the elements of the strategy for reducing the use of antimicrobials in pig production and raising production indicators. Welfare principles play a very important role in reducing the use of antibiotics. Infectious diseases cause significant losses in the production of pigs worldwide. Fast and accurate acquisition of real-time data, such as body temperature and animal movement from production farms, enables early detection of the disease and facilitates further management of the herd. To achieve this goal, it is necessary for doctors and breeders to use new technologies designed primarily to monitor potential threats that negatively affect animal productivity and health. Changes in animal behavior preceding or accompanying subclinical and clinical signs may be of significant diagnostic value. ThermoEye is the use of thermography technology. Under the project, the partners will make the necessary purchases to equip the piggeries in Złotniki and for 3 piggeries in central Poland for research and development.


Studies of the thermographic window will be conducted in terms of the selection of material with optimal emissivity. Then, to build algorithms for animal identification and assign them motion vectors. The University will start work on optimizing fattening based on the assessment of specific indicators of animal welfare using the ThermoEye system, which is used to detect fever (hyperthermia). Further work will be conducted on behavioral models, algorithms that shade pig motion models. The impact of an environment with a high concentration of ammonia on electronics and a thermal imaging window will be assessed. The price of fattening and slaughter pigs will be assessed. On the basis of behavioral models and algorithms developed on the University pig farm population, a comparative analysis will be carried out in relation to the population of farmers. Based on the collected data on mobility and behavior, final algorithms and behavioral models will be implemented. The conclusions regarding comparative analysis of slaughter features of both research populations from the farm in Złotniki will be drawn.

The device, after conducting research and development works, will be dedicated to pig breeders in order to improve the breeding cycle based on the risk assessment of infectious and organ diseases, behavioral changes on physiological and pathological grounds and to improve fertility indicators. As a result, thermovision monitoring by means of the ThermoEye system will allow achieving optimal production and economic indicators through more effective use of the organizational potential of the farm and animal husbandry with simultaneous reduction of outlays resulting from disease losses and pharmacotherapy. The device, after conducting research and development works, will be dedicated to pig breeders in order to improve the breeding cycle based on the risk assessment of infectious and organ diseases, behavioral changes on physiological and pathological grounds and to improve fertility indicators. As a result, thermovision monitoring by means of the ThermoEye system will allow achieving optimal production and economic indicators through more effective use of the organizational potential of the farm and animal husbandry with simultaneous reduction of outlays resulting from disease losses and pharmacotherapy.

Result

ThermoEye due to its favorable specification will be popularized among breeders and will allow for optimization and automation of management processes in the herd, significantly improving the welfare of farm animals. The use of the ThermoEye system in pig production will translate into specific health and economic effects which will allow for developing a more efficient farm management model. The most important results:

- Reducing the use of antibiotics as part of metaphylaxis;

- Assessment and possible stimulation of natural immune mechanisms, the symptoms of which include fever and individual approach to immune system disorders;

- Easier and stress-free control of therapy effects through ongoing monitoring of body surface temperature;

- Selection of individuals with low levels of well-being manifested in increased body temperature ("Pig Stress Syndrome");

- Selection of individuals with a low level of well-being manifested in a reduced body surface temperature;

- The ability to detect correlations between reactions consistent with the ethogram and behavioral disorders that occur with an increase or decrease in surface body temperature;

- Improved gout detection in gilts by monitoring body surface temperature;

- Faster and more accurate detection of postpartum diseases in sows with fever (mastitis, endometritis);

- The ability to observe animals showing an unusual course of the sexual cycle and their earlier and more effective hormonal support;

- Optimization and control of fattening on the basis of temperature data recorded by the ThermoEye system at the time of starting to eat, during and after eating;

- Improvement of production and economic conditions (more efficient use of feed);

- Eating meat without antibiotic residues;

- Obtaining higher quality pork and improving standards to reduce stress factors at individual stages of production;

- Development of organic farming.