Determination of piglet location in farrowing crates based on depth and digital images

Research output: Chapters, Conference Papers, Creative and Literary WorksRGC 32 - Refereed conference paper (with host publication)peer-review

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Author(s)

  • F. Lao
  • J.P. Stinn
  • H. Xin
  • T. Brown-Brandl
  • K. Liu

Detail(s)

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPrecision Livestock Farming '15
Subtitle of host publicationPapers Presented at the 7th European Conference on Precision Livestock Farming
EditorsM. Guarino, D. Berckmans
PublisherEuropean Conference on Precision Livestock Farming
Pages563-572
ISBN (Print)9788890975325
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2015
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NamePrecision Livestock Farming 2015 - Papers Presented at the 7th European Conference on Precision Livestock Farming, ECPLF 2015

Conference

Title7th European Conference on Precision Livestock Farming (EC-PLF 2015)
PlaceItaly
CityMilan
Period15 - 18 September 2015

Abstract

Understanding and properly managing behavioral responses of prewean piglets to the farrowing environment can improve well-being and pre-weaning performance of the piglets. This paper aims to quantify piglet location in the farrowing crate as affected by the lactating sow's lying posture. Each farrowing crate was equipped with one suspended heat lamp as the localized heat source for the piglets on one side of the sow. Digital and depth images of the sows and litters were collected, processed and analyzed to address the objective. The preliminary results reveal that piglets spend a greater amount of time on the sow's udders side when the udders are facing the heat lamp (82.2% udders side vs. 17.8% backside) as compared to when her back is facing the heat lamp (40.5% udder side vs. 59.5% backside). Data collection and analysis are continuing and enhanced results will be reported in the foreseeable future.

Research Area(s)

  • digital image, depth image, sow lying posture, piglets distribution

Citation Format(s)

Determination of piglet location in farrowing crates based on depth and digital images. / Lao, F.; Stinn, J.P.; Xin, H. et al.
Precision Livestock Farming '15: Papers Presented at the 7th European Conference on Precision Livestock Farming. ed. / M. Guarino; D. Berckmans. European Conference on Precision Livestock Farming, 2015. p. 563-572 (Precision Livestock Farming 2015 - Papers Presented at the 7th European Conference on Precision Livestock Farming, ECPLF 2015).

Research output: Chapters, Conference Papers, Creative and Literary WorksRGC 32 - Refereed conference paper (with host publication)peer-review