In China, they began to fight incest among goats using a neural networkBy Pictolic https://pictolic.com/en/article/in-china-they-began-to-fight-incest-among-goats-using-a-neural-network
Closely related incest is a real scourge of animal husbandry. Incest among domestic animals leads to the appearance of weak and sick offspring and degeneration. Controlling a large herd to exclude conception between related individuals is incredibly difficult. This problem was solved in an original way at one of the goat farms near Shanghai, in China. They called for high technology to help people.
I bet you won't be able to recognize relatives in a herd of goats. But what a person cannot do is a couple of trifles for neural networks. The owners of one of the Shanghai farms hired specialists who developed special software. Now the system monitors the goats in the pen, analyzing their individual characteristics.
The neural network divides the livestock on the principle of "friend-foe" into several groups. The main sign of separation is family ties. When animals identified as close relatives try to copulate, an alarm is triggered. Alas, but so far the rationalizers have not found a way to fully automate the process and there is no way to do without a person.
Therefore, farm workers have to quickly run into the pen and manually destroy the goat's intimate life. They just pull the animals apart in different corners. They say that this method has already begun to bear fruit. In a herd of goats, there was a decrease in the appearance of offspring with birth defects.
In general, incest is quite common in the animal world. Our smaller brothers are more guided by instincts than common sense when choosing a sexual partner.
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