Abilio Pereira (center) explains the key role that the PigWatch6 can plays in helping hog producers reach their reproductive goals in their herds. National Hog Farmer/Willie Vogt
Abilio Pereira (center) explains the key role that the PigWatch6 can play in helping hog producers reach their reproductive goals in their herds. New Product Tour Judges Gary Anderson (left) and Brad Leuwerke (right) listen in.

Get a good read on sows to optimize breeding

An esteemed panel of judges chose eight products as finalists from the World Pork Expo New Product Tour.

Wouldn’t it be nice to know the optimum time to breed your sows?

Ro-Main believes it has the solution with PigWatch6, which is a hardware and software reproduction management system, with the added precision provided by artificial intelligence algorithms that are all tied together with the PigWatch Integration Program. This is an intensive support program led by a PigWatch specialist to help each customer achieve reproduction goals and improve as the technology evolves.

Abilio Pereira, PigWatch business development and technical manager, says the monitoring unit reads the sows movements and their behavior, and translates that into creating an estrus cycle picture to provide a narrower window for breeding. This helps increase genetic improvement rates and accelerate the spread of new genetic traits through single-dose insemination and optimized fertility.

Judge Brad Leuwerke considered the product to be “a really unique concept, especially with the labor-short industry.” Judge Pat Thome says, “Tools like this will help push sow productivity to the next level.”

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