AnIMAL Group sENsor – Integrating behavioural dynamics and social genetic effects to improve the health, welfare and ecological footprint of livestock (IMAGEN)

Better life for pigs and chickens

The IMAGEN programme brings research into animal behaviour together with computer science to improve the health and welfare of pigs and laying hens and to reduce the ecological footprint of the food production.
The researchers are developing a system that automatically detects the behaviour of pigs and chickens in large groups. For example, the system must be able to detect perpetrators and victims of undesirable behaviour such as tail biting or pecking to prevent animal suffering and early mortality. The researchers will also map the relationships between genes and behaviour. That will allow them to identify which animals are genetically the most suitable for living peacefully in large groups.

The research involves not only breeding companies, technology companies and the Netherlands Agricultural and Horticultural Association, but also the Royal Netherlands Veterinary Association and the Dutch Society for the Protection of Animals.

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Programme leader

Dr P. Bijma (Wageningen University)

Participants

Dutch Society for the Protection of Animals, Farm Result, Hendrix Genetics, Royal Netherlands Veterinary Association, Netherlands Agricultural and Horticultural Association, Noldus Information Technology, Sorama, Eindhoven University of Technology, Topigs Norsvin, Utrecht University, Vencomatic, Wageningen University