[ASC-media] PORK CRC MAKES PIG'S BREAKFAST OF AWARD: Pork CRC Media Release

BRENDON CANT brendon at iinet.net.au
Wed Oct 14 03:37:51 CEST 2009


Pork CRC Media Release -- October 14, 2009



PORK CRC MAKES PIG’S BREAKFAST OF AWARD



Feeding pigs has sometimes been a fairly hit-and-miss affair, but
award-winning new technology developed with Pork CRC support aims to bring
precision livestock farming technology to piggeries across Australia and
make pig feeding less of a pig’s breakfast.



The technology provides very precise measurement and/or control of dry feed
delivery into individual pig feeders, incorporating a shut-off valve and
control system to give unprecedented control for converting feed to weight
gain.



If commercialised, it will fit into existing feed supply systems with
minimal modification and will enhance profitability through the precise
information it provides to piggery managers.



It can also be integrated with technology to automatically measure the live
weight of pigs, indicating their rate of growth and feed conversion
efficiency.



The value of this innovative technology was recognised at the recent joint
CIGR/Society for Engineering in Agriculture Conference in Brisbane when it
won the Best Agricultural Engineering Innovation Award for 2009.



First conceived in 2002 by Dr Thomas Banhazi, Senior Research Scientist at
Pork CRC participant, South Australian Research and Development Institute,
the system has been in development since 2006.



“The technology will take the calculation of pig feed conversion efficiency
to a whole new level that simply isn’t available with current methods,” Dr
Banhazi said.



“Commercialisation would provide pork producers with an accurate early
warning system for pig health problems, by alerting them when feed isn’t
being converted to appropriate, expected weight gain,” he said.



Dr Banhazi said the technology was undergoing small scale testing and field
tests should be finalised by the end of the year. An international patent
application was underway.



“There are still a few minor teething problems to be sorted out and when
that’s done, we'll be producing a robust design with a view to
commercialisation,” Dr Banhazi said.

www.porkcrc.com.au

Authorised by Pork CRC and issued on its behalf by

Brendon Cant & Associates, Tel 08 9384 1122.

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Dr Thomas Banhazi, Mobile 0402 890 120

Dr Roger Campbell, Mobile 0407 774 714



PorkCRCPrecisionFeeding.doc/Banhazi220909/Campbell290909


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