The International Fair for Animal Production (FIGAN) has awarded the Swine Research Farm (CEP) with the “Excellence Award 2019” for its “good work contributing innovative technical aspects that generate improvements in livestock activity”.
CEP is a piglet and fattening production farm with capacity for 500 breeders located in Aguilafuente (Segovia). Its business model combines high efficiency production of pigs with the execution of experimental tests under controlled conditions, as well as the training of personnel in its facilities.
CEP uses advanced technological equipment that allows to maintain a good productive efficiency (it ended 2018 with 29.4 weaned piglets per sow per year and 105 Kg of average weight per weaned litter), as well as an excellent control of experimental trials and tests. Thus, CEP uses the equipment of Jyga Tech GESTAL 3G for pregnant sows, which allow the same contemporary experimental treatments. Furthermore, it is also equipped with the GESTAL SOLO system in maternity that allows recording the actual intake and its patterns for each sow, generating early warnings in case of deviations. These teams are collaborative robots with M2M architecture installed between the feeding line and the breeding place. In addition, it is possible to implement multiple feed intake curves and feed intakes throughout the day.
Since June 2018 CEP also counts with the artificial intelligence system for the determination of the optimum moment of coverage with a single dose smaRt Breeding®, developped by Canadian company Ro-Main, which improves reproductive efficiency through a more careful process. Using an image analysis system for each sow, a communication network with a hardware that supports the data traffic generated by the behavior of each animal and an algorithm that processes and evaluates the data it receives, it generates the individual insemination recommendations for each sow. In this way, it generates a higher rate of births and fertility, depending on the conditions of each farm.
FIGAN 2019 thus recognizes the integration in the daily routine of systems that generate an increase in competitiveness, improving both the productive efficiency and its quality. This integration provides another benefit derived from the change in the work culture: the evolution towards objective decisions based on data and not on sensations.