1 May 2017 In-motion optical sensing for assessment of animal well-being
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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.
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Colton A. Atkins, Kevin R. Pond, 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 (1 May 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2262194; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2262194


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