In-Motion Optical Sensing for Assessment of Animal Well-Being Conference Paper uri icon

abstract

  • 2017 SPIE. The application of in-motion optical sensor measurements was investigated for inspecting livestock soundness as a means of animal well-being. An optical sensor-based platform was used to collect in-motion, weight-related information. Eight steers, weighing between 680 and 1134 kg, were evaluated twice. Six of the 8 steers were used for further evaluation and analysis. Hoof impacts caused plate flexion that was optically sensed. Observed kinetic differences between animals' strides at a walking or running/trotting gait with significant force distributions of animals' hoof impacts allowed for observation of real-time, biometric patterns. Overall, optical sensor-based measurements identified hoof differences between and within animals in motion that may allow for diagnosis of musculoskeletal unsoundness without visual evaluation.

name of conference

  • Sensing for Agriculture and Food Quality and Safety IX

published proceedings

  • SENSING FOR AGRICULTURE AND FOOD QUALITY AND SAFETY IX

author list (cited authors)

  • Atkins, C. A., Pond, K. R., & Madsen, C. K.

complete list of authors

  • Atkins, Colton A||Pond, Kevin R||Madsen, Christi K

editor list (cited editors)

  • Kim, M. S., Chao, K., Chin, B. A., & Cho, B.

publication date

  • January 1, 2017 11:11 AM