During the past weeks, the MFC system has been preparing to receive its first German pigs. This required a lot of work from Robot Norge to set up the physical cell and make it as close to its configuration at NMBU as possible. The NMBU team made last-minute improvements to the carcass handling unit and reminded the MRI team on how to use the robots. The camera system also received fine-tuning adjustments for correct 3D imaging and for Dexter to have perfect 20/20 vision.
On January 25 and 26, 2023, the first pigs arrived, and initial impressions suggest they are larger than their Norwegian counterparts. Further data analysis is needed to assess the reality and impact. Teething problems were experienced on January 26, but the guests waited patiently for a solution. Dexter seemed to have stage fright but eventually recovered and performed well.
Moving forward, the system will be tested regularly at MRI, particularly Mondays and Thursdays. Some further verification of the system performance will take place during the coming weeks. Stay tuned for more updates, and those close to the project should receive updated information on the timing of those test events so you can take a peek into what is happening remotely. Be warned though, some slaughter starts at 2-3am!