Advanced technology to help boost China’s livestock productivity and reduce costs 

China, the world’s biggest producer and consumer of pork, aims to use advanced technology such as artificial intelligence (AI) and facial recognition to boost productivity, improve quality and reduce costs in the country’s swine farms. 

One recent effort came from JD Digits, which followed Alibaba and Netease in stepping into the livestock sector. The company rolled out intelligent solutions for pig breeding, adopting technologies including machine vision, AI, robots and the Internet of Things, according to a statement JD Digits sent to the Global Times.

The system can track the growth of each pig and monitor its health, ensuring that every pig could be bred to a standard level and kept at a standard size, the company said.

If the whole Chinese hog-breeding industry used this intelligent breeding solution, the cost of the industry could be reduced by 50 billion yuan ($7.44 billion) every year. The solution could also reduce by five to eight days the time it takes to rear a pig, according to calculations of JD Digits.

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