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Facial recognition technology for pigs could improve welfare on farms

Machine learning software can identify individual pigs based on their facial features with high precision, which could help farmers provide animals with individualized veterinary care and feed.

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September 20, 2022

Pigs have unique facial features that can be identified using machine learning software

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Pigs could be issued biometric passports based on facial recognition technology, giving farmers a more practical and welfare-friendly way to identify people than ear notches or tags, current standards of the industry.

Identifying pigs based on their unique facial features could allow them to receive individualized feed and veterinary care, and be tracked as they go through meat processing. With advanced algorithms and machine learning, it is possible to distinguish between faces even those that look the most similar…

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