fbpx
SoundTalks components include a monitor, gateway and ReHS data visualisations (pc and app). Photo: SoundTalks
SoundTalks components include a monitor, gateway and ReHS data visualisations (pc and app). Photo: SoundTalks

SoundTalks: Automated respiratory disease monitoring technology

Animal Health
28-07-2023 | |
SoundTalks components include a monitor, gateway and ReHS data visualisations (pc and app). Photo: SoundTalks
SoundTalks components include a monitor, gateway and ReHS data visualisations (pc and app). Photo: SoundTalks

The swine industry continues to experience substantial economic losses due to respiratory disease outbreaks in modern pig production, impacting productivity, antibiotic usage, and animal welfare.  SoundTalks, a cloud-based 24/7 non-invasive sound sensor technology, transforms the sound data collected inside the farm into a Respiratory Health Status (ReHS) metric, well demonstrated to be the swine industry gold standard for respiratory clinical signs evaluation.

From science to solutions: Sound monitoring technology, SoundTalks latest research studies.

In this article, we would like to highlight the outcomes of the latest research on the technology, presented at the 2023 European Symposium on Porcine Health Management (ESPHM2023) held in Thessaloniki, Greece, this last month of May.

Early intervention triggered by SoundTalks led to better respiratory health and translated in better performance production

Figure 1 - The response to respiratory outbreaks was longer in barn A (without SoundTalks alarms) compared to barn B (with SoundTalks alarms) (2.61 ± 2.63 days compared to 0.23 ± 0.42, p value < 0.001, Welch Test).
Figure 1 – The response to respiratory outbreaks was longer in barn A (without SoundTalks alarms) compared to barn B (with SoundTalks alarms) (2.61 ± 2.63 days compared to 0.23 ± 0.42, p value < 0.001, Welch Test).

In this study, conducted together with a large swine producer from Spain, it was shown that one of their best caregivers was able to intervene 2.6 days faster (average) to the different coughing episodes with the assistance of SoundTalks, compared to their normal farm protocols, without the assistance of SoundTalks, despite feed and water monitoring (Figure 1). This earlier intervention led to a to better respiratory health and translated in a smaller slaughter weight variability. This study shows, once again, that early detection leads to early intervention which by itself has an economic advantage.

SoundTalks enables an optimisation of antibiotic use in livestock health

SoundTalks can help farmers and vets to objectively assess the health status of their herd and therefore, to reduce and optimise timing of disease diagnostic. Both assessments together, are key to support a more responsible usage of antibiotics based, not only on disease patterns and accurate timing of the treatment, but also based on the capability to accurately measured the effectiveness of the interventions. In this oral presentation, Dr Rathkjen presented a study from Denmark demonstrating how SoundTalks helped farmers and vets to recognise root causes of health problems reducing in 28% the use of antibiotics compared to non-monitoring groups.

SoundTalks ReHS reveals Swine Respiratory Pathogen Dynamics

In 2 studies, performed by practitioners and research institutions, the correlation of PRRSv, Influenza A Virus and Mycoplasma hyopneumonia (the 3 most important respiratory disease pathogens in swine), measured by oral fluid and air samples, and the ReHS status of the group over time was analysed. Results demonstrated a high degree of correlation between the pathogen presence detected overtime by PCR and the SoundTalks ReHS curve.

Insights with SoundTalks Data: Seasonal patterns and benchmarking in swine health

Unlike with subjective data, objective data can be aggregated and used for benchmarking, for monitoring of processes at different levels of granularity as well as to detect trends and patterns. To demonstrate this trends and patterns, a large data set from a large number of farms across the globe was analysed and clustered and ReHS data clustered by geographic region. The data shows clearly that there is a seasonal pattern regarding respiratory health, especially in Northern Europe and North America.

Overall, the data presented at the ESPHM is adding to the evidence that SoundTalks is a highly innovative health and welfare solution for pig producers that are looking for competitive advantages derived from data. Thanks to all the researchers and practitioners that were involved in these studies providing unique knowledge for a more profitable, and sustainable swine production.

Animal Health
Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health Company profile

Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health is working on first-in-class innovation for the prediction, prevention, and treatment of diseases in animals. For veterinarians, farmers, pet owners, and governments in more than 150 countries, we offer a large and innovative portfolio of products and services to improve the health and well-being of livestock and companion animals. As a global leader in the animal health industry and as part of family-owned Boehringer Ingelheim, we take a long-term perspective. By delivering value through innovation, we enhance the health and well-being of both animals and humans. For more information visit Boehringer Ingelheim.

Animal Health
Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health Company profile

Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health is working on first-in-class innovation for the prediction, prevention, and treatment of diseases in animals. For veterinarians, farmers, pet owners, and governments in more than 150 countries, we offer a large and innovative portfolio of products and services to improve the health and well-being of livestock and companion animals. As a global leader in the animal health industry and as part of family-owned Boehringer Ingelheim, we take a long-term perspective. By delivering value through innovation, we enhance the health and well-being of both animals and humans. For more information visit Boehringer Ingelheim.

Beheer