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Joint Technology Units (UMT) involving INRA in 2019

Joint Technology Units (UMT) involving INRA in 2019

UMT DIGIPORC: digital tools for the pig sector

UMT DIGIPORC aims to help the French pig sector to acquire new digital tools to ensure animal welfare and health, control the traceability of products from farm to fork and improve the efficiency of pig farming systems. Numerous economic actors will support the work performed by this Joint Technology Unit. 

Updated on 03/28/2019
Published on 01/29/2019

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In a context of international competition and strong demands from society, the French pig sector needs to respond to numerous economic, health, environmental and societal challenges.
UMT DIGIPORC will focus on using digital technologies to provide pig farmers with new data on animals and their environment. The gathering and control of data, and their use, lie at the heart of projects implemented by this new Joint Technology Unit. In the longer term, work by DIGIPORC should enable the availability of methods and tools to enhance the performance of pig farming systems, notably by improving their efficiency, the health and welfare of animals and the quality of their products, while responding to the demands of consumers and society as a whole.
UMT DIGIPORC will focus on two operational objectives:

  • The building of predictive models and decision-support tools (DST) in order to improve the management and welfare of animals,
  • The multi-performance evaluation of pig farming systems, taking account of zootechnical, environmental and economic challenges, as well as concerns with respect to product quality and animal health and welfare.

Work on these two objectives will be carried out in four areas, each managed by an INRA or AgroCampus Ouest research scientist and an IFIP (Pig Research Institute) engineer. These areas include the evaluation of new measurement systems (improvements to biomarker selection and data gathering), the implementation of tools (development of DST and evaluation of their contribution), as well as data sciences (development and harmonisation of data processing methodologies), training (for both the unit’s staff and students) and the evaluation and dissemination of results with actors in the pork chain.
In order to develop DSTs that are consistent with demands from the pork chain, UMT DIGIPORC will notably interact with the Territorial Innovation Laboratory (LIT OUESTEREL Living Lab) for the Western France Livestock Region which involves numerous private sector actors. Interactions will also be established notably with INRIA (National Institute for Research in Computer Science and Automation) and the Rennes Mathematics Research Institute IRMAR (CNRS and Université de Rennes 1).

Scientific contact(s):

  • Ludovic BROSSARD INRA and AgroCampus Ouest Joint Research Unit for the Physiology, Environment and Genetics of Animals and Livestock Systems, (UMR PEGASE), 16 Le Clos, 35590 SAINT-GILLES
Nathalie QUINIOU, Domaine de la Motte, BP 35104 , 35651 Le Rheu Cedex
Associated Division(s):
Animal Physiology and Livestock Systems
Associated Centre(s):

The actors

UMT DIGIPORC has been accredited for 5 years (2018-2023).
It is being managed by a technical institute (IFIP, Pig Research Institute) and two research establishments: Agrocampus-Ouest and INRA.

The Research Units involved alongside IFIP are:

  • UMR PEGASE (Joint Research Unit for the Physiology, Environment and Genetics of Animals and Livestock Systems) in Saint-Gilles (35);
  • UMR GenPhySE (Joint Research Unit for Genetics, Physiology and Livestock Systems) in Toulouse;
  • Rennes Pig Testing Experimental Unit in Saint-Gilles and Le Rheu (35);
  • Experimental Unit on Genetics, Experimentation and Innovative Systems – GEnESI – in Magneraud (17) and Rouillé (86).