In the ever-evolving world of the swine industry, addressing the needs of both producers and animals at each stage is paramount. From gestation crates to group housing, challenges arise in managing swine effectively. To shed light on it, I talk to Dr. Tami Brown-Brandl, an expert in Biological Systems Engineering applied to Animal Sciences. We discuss the technological solutions that are necessary for successful animal management in the future; research on technology applied to diseases detection, such as lameness; the use of depth cameras in farrowing crates for evaluating sow behavior and piglet placement as well as preventing piglet crushing; and the value and maintenance of technology for producers.
“Mindful equipment and supportive research can guide producers in the effective adoption of technology, avoiding heavy investments with uncertain payoffs. Let’s ensure technology readiness for the success of producers.” – Dr. Tami Brown-Brandl