Does the farm environment (temperature, humidity, CO2 levels etc.) influence the appearance of certain animal diseases, and do these parameters influence the temporal expression of the diseases, such as when they appear and for how long they persist?
These are two of the questions that the PROHEALTH team aims to answer thanks to innovative approaches to on-farm data collection.
Data collection to support knowledge
We know already that ambient temperature is a trigger for certain diseases and that poor water availability and humidity can predispose animals to illness. However, there is an overall lack of tangible data to demonstrate the link between farm environment, health and productivity, and hence to confirm the impact of environmental influences on diseases.
PROHEALTH will be addressing this problem using digital devices specially designed for the project. Data on aspects of the environment in both pig and poultry farms across Europe will be collected by means of sensors.
“We have already set up sensors in 26 farms in France, Spain, Cyprus, UK and Belgium, and we have started the collection of clinical data last month“ says Carlos Piñeiro, CEO of PigCHAMP Pro Europa, Leader of the work package of the PROHEALTH project responsible for the on-farm data collection. “Through this approach, our experience of data collection and our follow up, we will ensure a consistent data capture that will result in a comprehensive, unique database.”
“With the real-time data collection offered by the different devices, we will be able to establish and visualize in the upcoming months the relationship between farm environment and diseases, and start to draw conclusions that will lead to our final recommendations” Piñeiro concludes.
To find out more about on farm data collection in PROHEALTH => http://www.fp7-prohealth.eu/knowledge-centre/ipc-programme/
To find out more about PigCHAMP Pro Europa => http://www.pigchamp-pro.com/en/