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Develop. & Evaluat. Of proactive ext. Biosecurity system for livestock farms based on geofencing technology&big data

The project will pilot a platform based on a geo fencing technology, big data collection and analysis. The platform will include two disease management tools. Throughout, industry will refine and customize the tools to best biosecurity, animal health surveillance, and disease control response needs.

Examples in modern history (FMD epidemic in Great Britain, CSF outbreaks in Western Europe, ASF epidemic in Eastern Europe, as well as recent experience of PED epidemic in North America) demonstrate how fragile modern swine production is to a breach of biosecurity. These are diseases that are persistent in intensive animal production systems, and the more intensive the system, the more fragile it becomes with production limiting conditions increasing in prevalence and severity. Interventions to treat sick animals require labour and other resources such as drugs as well as creating losses due to mandatory drug withdrawal time requirements. Generating reliable intelligence for early intervention at the first signs of disease is of importance to all livestock producers, their suppliers and customers in our national effort to provide safe, affordable meat protein. With the objective of minimizing disease incidence in pig farms, the project aims to: 1. Further develop a novel cost-effective real-time site traffic tracking system for the pig sector 2. Development of a novel syndromic animal health surveillance system for the pig sector that can be an effective local alert system and is scalable to provide a uniform national surveillance system. 3. Demonstrate and enumerate the value to industry of these tools in preventing biosecurity breaches, controlling disease spread, and reducing farm disease management costs. By having information about disease movement in close-to-real-time, individual producers and industry will be able to respond more quickly to mitigate disease impact. Production limiting diseases are poorly reported – it is not that veterinarians or farmers don’t want to report diseases but there are privacy concerns and it also tends to be a lower priority in a competition for time with other more pressing production needs (daily stockmanship, business management, human resource management). The syndromic surveillance tool will take into account positive experience of earlier work performed by research teams in Canada, USA, Australia, and Indonesia. It must be fast and accurate based on refined principles of minimum dataset collection. This project will demonstrate the utility of a tool that significantly reduces the risk of disease spread and that works in a close-to-real-time manner. The entire value chain will benefit by having a tool that reduces risk of business interruption caused by unpredictable disease outbreaks. Another strong utility of this platform is that in ‘peace-time’ having these tools in place provides considerable comfort to the market that disease will not halt supply. To achieve the project objectives, the platform will be developed and implemented on a pilot network of pig farms and, when the system is in operation, efficacy evaluation will be undertaken specifically looking at: • Reliability of the system to detect entries and exits of people to and from the farm • The utility of these close-to-real-time tools for farm management and biosecurity protection • Changes in attitude of visitors and suppliers as participants in proactive farm biosecurity • Further evolution of veterinarian-client-animal relations as the advancement of disease management and democratization of data now in the hands of the farmer vs (traditionally), the veterinarian • The advantage of visual learning through the use of notifications, maps etc. that allow veterinary practitioners and farmers to quickly assess the level of risk changing around them through voluntary reporting • The ease of adding new properties to the system (easily scalable technology) Related farm factors such as: o Farm structure and level of production integration o Self-replacement of gilts and genetic material movement o Quality of fencing o Trucks and other vehicle and personnel movement in or out of farm o Shower (in and out) facilities for staff and visitors o Area population, farm, and livestock density will be analysed in relation to the incidence of disease and the movement of disease as recorded through the new farm traffic monitoring and animal health syndromic surveillance tools. These factors will be assessed along with an analysis of outbreaks (by disease and season), medications used, abattoir performance and carcass condemnations. These tools will be developed for the pig sector in Castilla y León region, third largest pig producing region in Spain and the three distinct swine production areas in Canada (West, Ontario, and Quebec) as the pilot trial before expanding to serve these national markets and eventually internationally. The project will take 2 years to complete (Dec 2016 - Dec 2018). After Dec 2018 it is anticipated that the industry will continue to use and pay in full for the system.
Acronym: 
HEALTHWATCHER
Project ID: 
11 708
Start date: 
01-08-2017
Project Duration: 
24months
Project costs: 
440 000.00€
Technological Area: 
Biocontrol
Market Area: 
Animal Husbandry

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