DW: What is the recognition of facial recognition in pigs in China?
Dirk Pfeiffer: Large companies such as Aliyah and others, who have artificial intelligence experts. These technologies are being used. They use several farms there.
Is it possible to identify the "Pork number123" software or the pig face that is ill or infected?
To determine if an animal is ill, more steps are taken. Tracking is possible afterwards [see] If behavior change occurs. Therefore, the system records the movement of animals and the body temperature, etc. If it does not, they would know whether they are more likely or infected than other animals. But this is not a fever against African pigs. We work in livestock farming, pregnancy and when to start.
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Cattle systems also involved cameras and monitoring software?
No, they use sensors. The animals are large enough to have transponders.
How many pigs are in China, and how much Swanhe is affected by?
60 percent of world pigs are kept in China [more than a billion]. In France, Germany, Holland and Spain I think they want to combine – this is the size of the area where pigs are kept.
The density of pigs is very high in that space. You go to Europe and have high-density handbags in Spain, Italy, Holland and Denmark, and Germany and Poland. But this density is not in the great geographic space, like in China.
We do not know how much the population virus actually causes. We can only expect that the reports that appear on the appearances are the reflection of the infestation's ice.
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Dirk Pfeiffer is an expert in veterinary illnesses and is a professor at the University of Hong Kong City in the field of infectious diseases and public health.
Can we ask for a dog's ear tag and if we identify pigs, what advantage does the recognition of face recognition mean?
It's a tag thing: they can lose them. And you have to carry animals really. So, to use this software, this technology and a clear, precise, tag would be the advantage.
And the tag is not only, it's all the information. Where is? [the animal] been it? How is it moving? What is his behavior? How many times does it put on? How much is it eaten? That's what you want to know.
How do we get closer to getting pigs? Five years old? Ten years old Never?
Almost close We're probably closer to the livestock. Let's say so: it seems to be close enough to humans. Of course, there are other privacy issues. But it would not be difficult to spread animals.
But while these ideas and innovations are always a good idea, we must have objective investigations, when we are showing that we are not mistaken, if we identify this animal, if it is identified. And I have not seen so far for pigs. It requires a test. Scientific research.
Are the chickens next?
Actually, there was a company in China, something that was online to see a chicken and gave me all the information about that chicken. You would buy it in the growing process. And they used artificial intelligence to identify chickens.
And again I would like to see what I said about pigs – I want to see the scientific proof that they are reliable. I can not say impossible. Within five years, it will be as accurate as a label. But I want to look first through a research project.
Dirk Pfeiffer of Germany earned a New Zealand PhD from the Royal Veterinary College of London and is now in Hong Kong. He has worked in Kenya, Somalia, Malaysia and Thailand.
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