SwineTech raises capital, innovates in the pork industry


Justin Krug, Silicon Prairie News

July 9, 2019


SwineTech, a developer of Artificial Intelligence and sensor-based technologies intended to reduce the number of piglet deaths, secured $4.63 million in funding last month.


The funding’s purpose was to help the four-year old Cedar Rapids-based company generate revenue. SwineTech is responsible for developing technology which helps farmers reduce the number of pigs that die as a result of disease, lameness, starvation, and piglet crushing. Additionally, the company’s technology offers key management tools that enable clients to bridge the gap between producers and pigs. This helps ensure that every pork producer can provide optimal care and maximize their resources.


SwineTech was founded on the premise of improving on the three pillars of the pork industry: animal welfare, productivity, and sustainability. The company accomplishes this with their innovative product SmartGaurd®. SmartGaurd® prevents piglet deaths due to crushing  by the sow. So how does it work? After sensing that a piglet is in distress, the product harnesses AI to read data sensors and alert the sow to roll over or stand up through the use of vibration signals via the wearable device.


The vibration delivered is similar to that of a dog collar. In the event that the sow does not stand up, the product will alert the user via a handheld device or desktop. The wearable device features a 10-day battery life and can recharge in as little as six hours. Additionally, the SmartGaurd® panel enables the user to automate pen temperature heating...