Smart Technologies in Animal Nutrition

Smart Technologies in Animal Nutrition

The fourth industrial revolution, or Industry 4.0, is transforming many industries, including animal breeding. Smart technologies such as sensors, automation, and artificial intelligence are being used to improve the efficiency, productivity, and sustainability of animal breeding operations.

One of the main benefits of Industry 4.0 in animal breeding is the ability to collect and analyze large amounts of data. Sensors can be used to monitor various aspects of animal production, such as feed intake, water consumption, and environmental conditions. This data can be analyzed using artificial intelligence algorithms to identify patterns and trends, which can help farmers to optimize their management practices and improve the productivity of their animals.

Automation is another important component of Industry 4.0 in animal breeding. Automated systems can be used for various tasks, such as feeding, cleaning, and milking. This can save time and labor costs for farmers, while also improving the consistency and quality of the work.

Together with the commercial sphere, our researchers participate in the development of smart devices from the point of view of their usability for animal husbandry. Smart technologies have the potential to provide important data in terms of welfare, but also in the field of animal nutrition.

Smart GPS Collar

black and white dairy cow s head

GPS collars are designed to fit around the neck of a cow and are equipped with GPS tracking technology that enables farmers to track the location of their cows. The collars also come with other sensors such as accelerometers and gyroscope sensors, which can detect movements and behavior patterns of the cows. This information is then sent to a computer system where it is analyzed and used to improve the health and productivity of the cows.

Project: 2021 – 2026 Smart GPS pasture. TAČR Trend FW03010010 (Principal investigator Pavel Horky)

Research outcomes: in progress

3D Camera Technology

close photo of pig

In the swine industry, accurately measuring the weight of pigs is essential for effective management of production systems. 3D camera technology uses a stereo camera system to capture two images of the pig from different angles. The images are then processed using computer algorithms to create a 3D model of the pig, which can be used to estimate its weight. The technology can be integrated into pig housing facilities, such as feeders or walkways. This technology saves time and labor costs for farmers, reduces stress on pigs, and offers accuracy comparable to traditional weighing methods. Its efficiency and accuracy make it a promising development in the swine industry.

Project: 2019 – 2023: Modernization of pig breeding technologies with higher ICT integration and creation of comparable calculation methodologies PRV 17/005/1611a/563/000104 (co-investigator Pavel Horky)

Research outcomes: in progress

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