Electronic detection of pig fever
Fever in pigs can be detected more quickly using a new
electronic sensor from the Dutch company Telemetronics.
The company from Lelystad, the Netherlands, recently
launched a so-called 'Templant' transmitter. With this device, pig fever
symptoms can be noticed very quickly - and thus cases of Classical Swine Fever (CSF) and Foot-and-Mouth
According to the company, pig
producers can save a lot of money by just giving a transmitter to every tenth
"Should a pig producer detect a disease quickly, he can fight it
quickly as well, thus improving the animals' technical results. Early detection
of a contagious animal disease is even more rewarding," Telemetronics director
Gerard van Essen said.
The CSF outbreak in
1997 cost about €3 to 4 billion for Dutch pig industry. "Using Templant, we
would discover CSF in only half of the 6.5 to seven weeks, necessary for
detection. This could reward billions."
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