Research Article
Volume 6 Issue 6 - 2021
Development of Infrared Temperature Sensor for Use among Sow Herds
Panuwat Yamsakul1,2,3*, Terdsak Yano3, Kannika Na Lampang4, Manad Khamkong5 and Lertrak Srikitjakarn4,6
1Graduate PhD Degree Program in Veterinary Science, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Chiang Mai University, Chiang Mai, Thailand
2Integrative Research Center for Veterinary Preventive Medicine, Department of Food Animal Clinic, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Chiang Mai University, Chiang Mai, Thailand
3Department of Food Animal Clinic, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Chiang Mai University, Chiang Mai, Thailand
4Department of Veterinary Bioscience and Veterinary Public Health, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Chiang Mai University, Chiang Mai, Thailand
5Department of Statistics, Faculty of Science, Chiang Mai University, Chiang Mai, Thailand
6PODD center, Chiang Mai University, Chiang Mai, Thailand
*Corresponding Author: Panuwat Yamsakul, Department of Food Animal Clinic, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Chiang Mai University, Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai, Thailand.
Received: March 30, 2021; Published: May 27, 2021


Presently, digital technology has become an important contributor to the developing concept of smart agricultural tools, especially with sensor monitoring to health status. In the livestock industry, the body temperature of farm animals must be monitored to prevent the occurrence or progression of any disease amongst the herds. In our device called the Inspect, we have employed infrared sensors to detect the fever status of sows. Systemic architecture and data flow systems have also been designed for workers to use on large-scale pig farms. The body temperature of 100 gestating sows was determined with the use of a standard thermometer (inserted into the rectum), while our device known as the Inspect was used on each part of the body of the sows. The valva or anus was found to be that location because of the high correlation that was observed between the two measurements (R = 0.78). Moreover, regular and systematic inspections were employed for a full year in 2019 on commercial pig farms that were home to at least 300 sows. The pig production values of 2018 and 2019 were compared before and after employing the Inspect. The results indicated that the production indexes of the after period (2019) were better than those of the before period (2018), especially in terms of the health status of the animals with regard to mg/PCU. Accordingly, the after period recorded mg/PCU values that were less than the before period. Consequently, it was determined that this system could detect abnormal signs in livestock before they could become a bigger problem or result in an outbreak of a disease. However, this system should be further developed and integrated with the use of artificial intelligence or AI for beneficial applications of ‘smart agriculture’ in the future.


Keywords: Infrared Temperature Sensor; Inspect; Sow; Body Temperature


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Citation: Panuwat Yamsakul., et al. “Development of Infrared Temperature Sensor for Use among Sow Herds”. EC Veterinary Science 6.5 (2021): 01-09.

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