Own projects in progress

At this moment, PigCHAMP is carrying out the following projects:

PigAdvisor: Development and validation of a virtual consultant for decision making in the management of intensive pig farms.

logo pig advisorThis project focuses on the optimization of the productivity of intensive pig farms through the development of decision tools and automation technologies for the intelligent management of farms (Smart Farming) integrating different areas of knowledge to improve management, the productivity and the benefits, putting in value the data obtained daily that, to date, are not exploited.

The system will generate algorithms of suggestions based on the data obtained by means of image and sensor analysis that will help to achieve behavioral and environmental alerts, as well as a fast syndromic telediagnosis and recommendations on the necessary analytics.

For this, it is intended to develop a system that allows:

  • The early detection of anomalous behaviors in animals and suboptimal environmental conditions based on the prediction algorithms developed and the specific production history of each farm.
  • The early diagnosis of the diseases through the online sending of the symptomatology that appeared in the farm and of the automated automated remote diagnosis with the databases of the participating laboratories in the project.

The consortium formed to carry out this project is formed by PigCHAMP Pro Europa and by the SME producer of pigs PROPORSEG and by the Technological Institute of Castilla y León (ITCL).

Project financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) of the European Union and the Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities – State Research Agency with the aim of promoting technological development, innovation and quality research. Project: RTC-2017- 5999-2

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SUMINAPP: Sustainable Usage of trace MINerals in Animal Production Program (E!11780)

logo eurostarsThe project will deliver new tools to optimise the supplementation of Zinc (Zn) and Copper (Cu) in the diet of farmed animals, acquiring new knowledge about the optimal doses of Zn / Cu utilization and the techniques of rapid and non-invasive control of intestinal health. For this, through this project will be developed:

  • A guide to recommend the optimal dose of Cu/Zn sources for best animal performance at low environmental cost.
  • A biomarker tests to monitor the effect of mineral supplementations on intestinal health.
  • An ecotoxicological risk assessment, from diets to animal wastes.
  • An open access data website promoting new best practices in mineral nutrition of livestock.

This project (E! 11780), which was approved in the last Eurostars call, is being developed in collaboration with two French entities (Animine and Cirad).

It has received funding from the Eurostars-2 joint program with co-financing from the CDTI and from the Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Framework Program of the European Union.

HEALTHWATCHER: development and evaluation of a proactive external biosecurity system for pig farms based on geoprocessing and big data technologies.

HEALTHWATCHER logoThe overall objective of this project is to minimize the incidence of diseases in intensive pig farms, thus increasing their profitability and reducing the use of antibiotics for their control.

For this, it is intended to develop a novel system of tracking the movement of people and vehicles around pig farms, in real time and low cost. In addition, a new animal health surveillance system for the swine sector will be developed to provide an effective local alert procedure and, on a large scale, to provide a uniform regional / national surveillance system. Finally, it will quantify the value that this tool would have for the industry in the prevention of failures in biosecurity, in the control of the dissemination of diseases and in the reduction of costs of management of disease


This project is financed by the CDTI, an entity dependent on MINECO, through its Innoglobal line.


SMARTHEALTH. Development of an ICT tool to collect biosanitary data using NFC panels and study of the influence of their use on pig farms

smarthealthThe main objective of the SMARTHEALTH Project is to develop a system that allows the collection, in a accurate and efficient way, of all data related to medication and vaccination programs, as well as the control of the health status of pig farms in real time, in order to improve efficiency in the pig sector through the use of information and communication technologies and reduce costs.

Thanks to this, the use of antibiotics on the farm, mainly oral antibiotics, could be reduced through the individual control of pathologies in pigs and the implementation of vaccination plans adapted to the conditions of each farm.

In order to achieve this objective, we intend to develop an ICT system that allows:

  • to collect health information on farms in a fast, simple and precise way;
  • to process the collected information in the cloud  in real time, allowing its visualization and online analysis;
  • to analyze, through cognitive intelligence systems, the data collected on the farm;
  • and to create an adaptive system compatible with any other data source existing in the farms, such as environmental sensors or feeding machines, allowing the incorporation of their data into the common database for further analysis.

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This project has been co-financed by the Innovation, Financing and Business Internationalization Agency of Castilla y León and the FEDER, Thematic Objective 1, which seeks to promote technological development, innovation and quality research.



supersows logoThe SUPERSOWS project aims to detect and characterize an elite subpopulation of sows that exists on all pig farms (SUPERSOWS) and determine their needs. To this end, working procedures will be developed to optimize the potential of these high performance sows in commercial farms, and the profile of the microbiota of hyperprolific sows will be determined in order to know its influence in nutrition, health and the management plan.

This project is financed by the CDTI, an entity dependent on MINECO, through its Innoglobal line.