Boehringer Ingelheim to use SoundTalks stake to monitor health of pigs

Boehringer Ingelheim plans pilot program using SoundTalks system in select pig barns to quickly detect possible respiratory distress in swine.
Boehringer Ingelheim announced that it has acquired a minority stake in SoundTalks NV, a Belgian company that has developed a digital monitoring tool that seeks to improve the health care of pigs and helps farmers operate more efficiently.

The SoundTalks system revolves around a digital microphone that records pigs coughing. It relies on an algorithm to differentiate coughing from other sounds in a pig barn and, thus, detects increased coughing that could signal respiratory distress, the companies explained. The system lets farmers and veterinarians intervene more quickly to obtain samples and get a diagnosis.

Boehringer Ingelheim plans to install the SoundTalks system in select pig barns in the U.S. and other major swine markets this spring in a pilot program, the announcement said.

“We are very pleased with this partnership. Our two companies share passion for innovative solutions, technology and animal health. This is just a beginning of a very exciting collaboration,” SoundTalks chief executive officer Dries Berckmans said.

The companies did not disclose financial terms of the deal.

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