MSD launches new $200,000 pork Precision Farming Award

MSD Animal Health has opened submissions for the new High-Quality Pork—Precision Farming Award, which will grant one project up to $200,000 (about £150,000) towards implementation with an interested customer in the pig industry.

Eligible projects will focus on precision farming with a demonstrated proof of concept and business model, if available.

Topics of interest include technology innovations focused on herd health management, genetics and reproduction, streamlining of day-to-day activities, traceability and artificial intelligence.

More detailed information on the topics of interests and how to apply can be found here. The deadline for applications is October 31, 2020.

The US-based global biopharmaceutical company said the award builds on its tradition of recognizing outstanding achievements in pig farming.

“The animal health industry, including swine, is moving towards integrating digital solutions into the day-to day management of animal health and care,” said Rika Jolie, the company’s global swine lead.

“As part of our commitment to swine health and The Science of Healthier Animals, we are constantly extending the range of innovative solutions we can provide to our customers.

“MSD Animal Health is proud to introduce the High-Quality Pork—Precision Farming Award, created to support our customers who share our interest in advancing pig farming and the health and well-being of animals through technological innovations.”

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