Health Management 

Pioneering the use of machine vision to detect illness in cattle

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Under the auspices of a grant from ICASA and in partnership with leading livestock producers, veterinarians and researchers, the PLT machine vision platform is being extended to improve livestock managers’ ability to identify and treat sick animals in a timely manner to reduce the unnecessary use of antibiotics.

Benefits of a machine-vision detection system include

  • Better utilization of skilled labor

  • Earlier intervention 

  • Reduction in unnecessary treatments

  • Improved meat quality

  • More efficient consumption of feed

  • Higher profits for producers

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The International Consortium for Antimicrobial Stewardship in Agriculture (ICASA) is a public-private partnership created by the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) to advance research on antimicrobial stewardship in animal agriculture. ICASA’s research promotes the judicious use of antibiotics, advances animal health and wellness, and increases transparency in food production practices.

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