Pic'Let is an image capture tool capable of identifying an immature piglet at birth. This tool innovates by offering an automated phenotyping by image analysis. The tool replaces the subjective appreciation of the breeder allowing a precise recording of a new criterion for selection purposes. Also, the breeders have a precise knowledge of the piglets’ maturity in order to improve the survival of the piglet in maternity.
This tool consists of a restraint system associated with two cameras. Concretely, the piglet is placed on the tool itself on the individual weighing scale. When the weight is stabilized, a picture of the piglet is taken and the algorithm, which is based on morphological characteristics of the head, assigns a maturity phenotype to the animal. This system has been designed in stainless steel so that cleaning is easy and efficient. Pic'Let also innovates in its design, the development is the result of the association of pig breeding organizations (Alliance R&D) and IFIP/WEL2BE engineering.