Boehringer Ingelheim has launched its proprietary barn monitoring technology, SoundTalks, which offers swine producers a new tool to detect and respond to respiratory disease up to five days earlier than conventional methods.1 Early detection with SoundTalks has been shown to lead to earlier treatment and recovery, resulting in improved productivity and reduced costs.2
SoundTalks uses sophisticated algorithms and artificial intelligence combined with always-on, in-barn audio monitoring to provide continuous, objective health data that producers and veterinarians can use to prioritize where their attention is needed most.
"Boehringer Ingelheim continues to innovate to create tools for producers to achieve better herd health," said Lara Sheeley, executive director of Swine and Poultry Divisions at Boehringer Ingelheim. "Respiratory diseases can be detrimental to a producer's bottom line, and maintaining and improving herd health in the face of labor shortages is a challenge many producers are grappling with today. SoundTalks can help producers do more with less."
In addition to labor benefits, SoundTalks ensures access to objective and continuous respiratory health data and helps producers capture proven ROI through early intervention and increased pig performance.1–3 Research shows that early detection of respiratory disease with SoundTalks can lead to increased average daily gain, decreases in individual treatments and an ROI of 4.27 with a range of 2.5-7.9.1–3
"SoundTalks offers an extra set of ears in the barn to not only achieve early detection of respiratory disease, but also automatically send real-time health alerts to key team members, allowing for faster and more effective treatment," said Jens Kjaer, DVM, senior associate director of Integrated Health Management for Swine at Boehringer Ingelheim.
1 D. Polson, C. Alonso. Economic assessment of a sound-based precision livestock farming tool (SoundTalks) based on timing of intervention after a dual Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae and PRRS virus seeder challenge in pigs. Allen D. Leman Swine Conf. 2022
2 C. Alonso, A. Ghysen, S.J. Figueras, et al. Using SoundTalks real time respiratory health status monitoring to improve grow-finish production performance. ESPHM 2022
3 A. Spronk, D. Polson, S. Playter. Field application of cough monitor technology: A swine practitioner's perspective.
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