Addressing challenges through MIT R&D Cooperation Project grant in Pork production through Artificial Intelligence and Nutritional Supplements for the benefit of Animal Welfare and Sustainability.
We are happy to celebrate the achievements of 2020, specifically the collaboration between Serket BV and Kanters Special Product BV. The two organisations have been awarded the MIT R&D Cooperation Project grant funded by the Netherlands Enterprise Agency. The funds will be directed toward "Project Pig Forte". Pig Forte is set to focus on animal welfare and the profitability of farmers. Serket and Kanters together have defined Project Pig Forte to validate a solution to reduce heat stress of pigs via behavioral analysis and feed supplement intervention resulting in sustainable practices and improved farm productivity.
Furthermore, Serket and Kanters aim to develop an integrated service platform that automatically detects heat stress in pigs at an early stage and provides a targeted response with a alleviating supplement. First, feedback from the behavioral analysis system of Serket is used to tailor and validate the existing Kanters supplement, Aeroforte, for pigs, and second, to optimize it over time for specific farm conditions and pig health.The integrated service platform should yield unique interventions at farm, pen, and pig levels.
The project will have objectives and deliverables including, but not limited to, farm productivity gains, improved animal welfare, reduction in heat stress using Aeroforte feed supplement, and development of Serket's solution to detect heat stress. The collaboration has already kicked off and will run until September 2022.
Inspired by the hardworking farmers who feed the world, Serket is an award-winning technology company that is developing a sensor-free artificial intelligence that uses camera vision to enhance farm productivity and promote the health of individual animals. By monitoring changes in animal behaviour in real time, we enable farmers to pin-point sick livestock and intervene immediately. With Serket, farmers can minimize antibiotics usage, reduce feeding costs, and lower mortality rates to animal welfare and raise healthier livestock. Our mission is to make agriculture a more natural and engaging industry for generations to come and help feed our future.
Kanters Special Products develops, produces and markets nutritional supplements, cleaning and disinfection agents for (water) pipelines, chickpaper and hoofcare products. The products are used in intensive livestock and on cattle farms to improve business profits by supporting animal health and preventing the use of antibiotics. To achieve the highest yield against the lowest costs for the farmer, Kanters Special Products offers an expert and personal accompaniment with the use of its products. Knowledge, excellent quality from own production, practical advice, service and an honest and a cordial way of doing business are the basis to be leading worldwide.
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