Improving Pig Performance with Precision Technology11 October 2013
UK - The Royal Agricultural Society of England (RASE) is hosting two events focusing on precision pig production, as part of the Precision Livestock Initiative which is demonstrating practical applications of precision farming on livestock farms across the country.
The first will be held on Wednesday, 30 October, at the Great Yorkshire Showground and look at how technologies can improve indoor pig performance. What is the commercial advantage of remote monitoring of production sites, how can cameras pick up aggression in pigs, can microphones detect the onset of disease? Practical examples of precision technology being employed on pig units will be displayed.
The second will be held on Wednesday, 6 November, in Diss, Norfolk highlighting innovations that can be transferred to outdoor production sites. Precision feeding is known to improve efficiencies and reduce costs on indoor units, but can this technology be applied to outdoor systems? See how to improve pig performance with weigh scales and reduce the environmental impact of outdoor systems with improved nutrient use.
Regardless of the size of operation, monitoring and measuring various traits on farm can help make more informed management decisions leading to improved performance.
Charlotte Johnston, from the Royal Agricultural Society of England, says: “Both events will showcase the latest technologies and innovations being used to improve pig performance, reduce environmental impact and ensure a sustainable pig industry.
“It is essential that British pig producers adopt innovative tools to aid them in being profitable and competitive.”
Barclays is delighted to be supporting these events, bringing you access to real life examples of where precision innovation can play a role in farming systems.
Martin Redfearn, National Head of Agriculture says: “The more successful businesses in UK agriculture have a considerable track record over many years of innovation and early adoption of new technology to enhance their success. The pace of change and range of opportunities are unlikely to diminish in the future and we believe it is vital for all farmers to keep in touch with innovations and understand how they can be applied to their farming businesses to enhance their management and physical and financial performance.
“We are committed to supporting events like these because they offer valuable education opportunities, and inspiration for farmers to help them find technical and practical solutions to grow and expand their businesses individually, and the agriculture industry as a whole.”
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