A sow approaches a boar within a group gestation pen. The pen design allows nose-to-nose contact between the animals, allowing for pheromone exchange to trigger heat response if the sow is open. The technology records the number and length of interactions and calculates whether the sow’s behavior indicates she is in heat. Photo: Nedap.
A sow approaches a boar within a group gestation pen. The pen design allows nose-to-nose contact between the animals, allowing for pheromone exchange to trigger heat response if the sow is open. The technology records the number and length of interactions and calculates whether the sow’s behavior indicates she is in heat.

Estrus detection with group-housed sows gets automated

Automated heat detection identifies open sows safely and accurately.

When it comes to finding open sows in a gestation pen, the best tool for the job is a healthy boar. However, the traditional practice of walking a boar is time consuming and potentially dangerous.

One way to improve the safety and efficiency of heat detection in a group sow housing facility is automated heat detection technology.

“Automated heat detection using an enclosed boar within a group gestation pen is safer and more accurate than the traditional method of walking

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