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Research Spotlight - Using computer vision to investigate tail biting in pigs

By Yuzhi Li, UMN Associate Professor, Swine Behavior and Welfare

Understanding tail-biting behavior in swine herds involves both the tail biters (pigs that bite and cause tail damage to other pigs) and victimized pigs (pigs with tail damage caused by biting). A current research project here at the WCROC is utilizing a computerized livestock monitoring system to further analyze behavior with the hopes of identifying early tail biters as well as to understand why a pig becomes a tail biter.

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