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Automated Finishing Pig Feeder Adjustment
TSM 416 Technology Capstone Projects
  • Ryan Godfredsen, Iowa State University
  • Kelley Mabeus, Iowa State University
  • Michael Meyer, Iowa State University
  • Brett C. Ramirez, Iowa State University
  • Shweta Chopra, Iowa State University
  • Jacek A. Koziel, Iowa State University
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Course Number and Title
TSM 416: Technology Capstone
Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering
Agricultural Systems Technology (Godfredsen, Mabeus, Meyer)
Shweta Chopra and Jacek A. Koziel
Problem Statement

Feed costs in the swine industry are typically 60-70% of the total swine production costs. Feeder adjustment is used to decrease feed costs. When feeders are properly adjusted, the growth rate can be improved while the wasted feed is minimized. Currently, feeders are manually monitored and adjusted by daily caretaker inspection, which is very laborious. Automated adjustment would reduce labor need and allow for the integration of precision management in the future.

Citation Information
Ryan Godfredsen, Kelley Mabeus, Michael Meyer, Brett C. Ramirez, et al.. "Automated Finishing Pig Feeder Adjustment" (2019)
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