Ontario Pork is experimenting with a small mobile hog tracking device to determine the probability of being able to transmit hog movement information electronically in real time.

“We are looking at ways of making it more efficient to capture and transfer information to all players in the chain,” said Tim Metzger, national program coordinator for Ontario Pork.

Metzger is working with two transport companies and one processing plant to test the concept of instantly transmitting the information. Transporters participating in the study are equipped with the hand-held devices that collect information at loading. When a truck is completely loaded, this information is transmitted to the dispatch and processing facility, making processors aware of the number of pigs on the truck, what farm they are coming from and when they were loaded.

This project was funded in part through Growing Forward, a federal-provincial-territorial initiative, along with assistance from the Agricultural Adaptation Council.