Automated Finishing Pig Feeder Adjustment

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2019-04-19
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Koziel, Jacek
Godfredsen, Ryan
Mabeus, Kelley
Meyer, Michael
Ramirez, Brett
Ramirez, Brett
Chopra, Shweta
Koziel, Jacek
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Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering
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Feed costs in the swine industry are typically 60-70% of the total swine production costs. Feeder adjustment is used to decrease feed costs. When feeders are properly adjusted, the growth rate can be improved while the wasted feed is minimized. Currently, feeders are manually monitored and adjusted by daily caretaker inspection, which is very laborious. Automated adjustment would reduce labor need and allow for the integration of precision management in the future.

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