SMART systems for automated phenotyping of livestock: preventing cannibalism in TURKEYS

Feeding a growing world population is a major challenge and fuels an urgent need to improve the efficiency of livestock production. Thus we aim to keep our populations in animal-friendly systems with freedom to show their natural behaviours, without mutilations like beak trimming. However, anti-social behaviours, such as pecking in turkeys, seriously harm animal health and welfare, and reduce efficiency.
Genetic selection can provide a long-term solution, but requires massive data on traits of individual animals. Therefore, we bring together a multidisciplinary expert team in computer vision & sensing
technology, data science, and animal breeding & genomics assisted with leading breeding and technology companies. The project develops the technology for massive automated detection of individual traits and behaviours in group-housed animals, and the genetic tools to use these data, to breed populations of social animals that thrive in societally accepted production systems to feed the growing world population.

  • Projectnummer / Project number: 17238
  • Deelnemende kennisinstellingen / Participating institutes: Technische Universiteit Eindhoven, Wageningen University & Research
  • Gebruikers / Users: 5 bedrijven / 5 companies
  • Projectleider / Project leader: Prof. dr. ir. P.H.N. de With, Technische Universiteit Eindhoven
  • Type project / Type project: Lopend
  • Startdatum / Start date: 1-09-2019
  • Einddatum / End date: 31-08-2023
  • Programma / Programme: Open Technologieprogramma
  • Vakgebied / Discipline: Life Science, Informatica


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