Title: The Pig Cough Monitor: from research topic to commercial product
Authors: Vandermeulen, Joris
Decré, Wilm
Berckmans, Dries
Exadaktylos, Vasileios
Bahr, Claudia
Berckmans, Daniel
Issue Date: Sep-2013
Host Document: Precision Livestock Farming ‘13 pages:717-723
Conference: Joint European Conference on Precision Livestock Farming location:Leuven date:10-12 September 2013
Abstract: Respiratory diseases are an important cause of mortality and decreased productivity in
pigs. Manually checking pig cough occurrence is labour-intense, subjective and difficult
to manage, especially in larger farms. An automatic pig cough monitor, that registers
pig coughs 24/7, is therefore a valuable tool for the farm manager: it allows him to
have an objective measure of pig cough occurrence throughout his entire farm. The pig
cough monitor contributes to improved animal health and welfare, and aims at reducing
the global use of antibiotics, by detecting respiratory problems in an early stage, as
soon as first coughing symptoms are present. This paper has three contributions: First,
it details the research trajectory that resulted in the SoundTalks pig cough monitor. In
this research the properties of spontaneous coughing (due to an infection) and induced
coughing (due to an air pollutant) are examined. Second, it discusses the pig cough
monitor design and operating principle. Third, it presents our further validation strategy
to assess product value for the farmer. For this end, forty fattening pig compartment are
currently being equipped with pig cough monitor systems.
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IC
Appears in Collections:Division M3-BIORES: Measure, Model & Manage Bioresponses (-)
Production Engineering, Machine Design and Automation (PMA) Section

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