Developing a camera-based early-warning system for detecting red mite infestations

The prevalence of poultry red mite (PRM) across farms in Europe has been increasing and is expected to continue to increase.
calendar icon 15 July 2020
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The results of this laboratory-scale trial will be fine-tuned and validated at semi-commercial scale using larger groups of hens. The sensor system will need to be adapted for larger groups – for example, to account for movement of hens between multiple perches and floors. Once optimised to work in commercial conditions, it will be trialled on pilot farms in Belgium. Pilot farm trials are set to start in summer 2020.

To keep up to date with the MiteControl project please see the project website. The MiteControl project, NWE 756, Ensuring food safety, animal health and welfare standards through development of innovative IPM programmes to control poultry red mite infestations, is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund provided by the Interreg North-West Europe Programme.

Figure 1. Filtered depth image showing hens (yellow and blue) and background (dark blue). The activity index is the sum of the pixels that change from background to hen pixel, or from hen to background pixel, divided by the total sum of pixels.
Figure 1. Filtered depth image showing hens (yellow and blue) and background (dark blue). The activity index is the sum of the pixels that change from background to hen pixel, or from hen to background pixel, divided by the total sum of pixels.

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The results of this laboratory-scale trial will be fine-tuned and validated at semi-commercial scale using larger groups of hens. The sensor system will need to be adapted for larger groups – for example, to account for movement of hens between multiple perches and floors. Once optimised to work in commercial conditions, it will be trialled on pilot farms in Belgium. Pilot farm trials are set to start in summer 2020.

To keep up to date with the MiteControl project please see the project website. The MiteControl project, NWE 756, Ensuring food safety, animal health and welfare standards through development of innovative IPM programmes to control poultry red mite infestations, is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund provided by the Interreg North-West Europe Programme.

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