From Event: SPIE Commercial + Scientific Sensing and Imaging, 2017
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.
Colton A. Atkins, Kevin R. Pond, and Christi K. Madsen, "In-motion optical sensing for assessment of animal well-being
," Proc. SPIE 10217, Sensing for Agriculture and Food Quality and Safety IX, 1021709 (Presented at SPIE Commercial + Scientific Sensing and Imaging: April 13, 2017; Published: 1 May 2017); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2262194.
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