Automated monitoring of dairy cow body condition, mobility and weight using a Single 3D Video Capture Device

Hansen, M. F., Smith, M., Smith, L., Abdul Jabbar, K. and Forbes, D. (2018) Automated monitoring of dairy cow body condition, mobility and weight using a Single 3D Video Capture Device. Computers in Industry, 98. pp. 14-22. ISSN 0166-3615 Available from: http://eprints.uwe.ac.uk/35278

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Publisher's URL: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.compind.2018.02.011

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Here we propose a low-cost automated system for the unobtrusive and continuous welfare monitoring of dairy cattle on the farm. We argue that effective and regular monitoring of multiple condition traits is not currently practicable and go on to propose 3D imaging technology able to acquire differing forms of related animal condition data (body condition, lameness and weight), concurrently using a single device. Results obtained under farm conditions in continuous operation are shown to be comparable or better than manual scoring of the herd. We also consider inherent limitations of using scoring and argue that sensitivity to relative change over successive observations offers greater benefit than the use of what may be considered abstract and arbitrary scoring systems.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:3D imaging, body condition score, lameness, weight
Faculty/Department:Faculty of Environment and Technology > Department of Engineering Design and Mathematics
ID Code:35278
Deposited By: Dr M. Hansen
Deposited On:06 Mar 2018 16:15
Last Modified:18 May 2018 10:16

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