Measuring the behavior of farm animals


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General session: Measuring the behavior of farm animals

Schedule: Friday 20th May 11:15 - 13:45, Virtual Room 2

Session chair: Lenny van Erp, HAS University, Den Bosch, The Netherlands

11:15-11:30    Early movements within a commercial aviary are related to later health.  
Camille Montalcini. Division of Animal Welfare, VPH Institute, University of Bern, Switzerland.
We highlighted the relevance of intra-individual variation in early movements of hens within a commercial laying barn for poultry welfare.

11:30-11:45    Cancelled
Farmers risk perception and agricultural productivity: evidence from field experiments.
Subir Sen. Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee.
This study considers 2 Indian states, endowed differently natural wealth to explore relationship between farmers' risk perceptions and farm productivity. This is important in the context of impacts of climate change and how policies shape behavior.

11:45-12:00    Using Cow Location Data For Practical On-farm Applications – A Pilot Study.
Lenny van Erp. HAS University of Applied Sciences, 's Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands.
Applications for location data in dairy farms were explored. In a herd with 117 Holstein Friesian cows, preference for drinkers was studied. Cows preferred open water troughs over fast drinkers. Location data might be used for several purposes.

12:00 - 13:00    Break

13:00-13:15    Using Infrared Thermographic Images for Early Detection of Clinical Lameness in Dairy Cattle.
Gerben Hofstra. HAS University of Applied Sciences, 's Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands.
Lameness has a major impact on the dairy sector. This study focused on detecting clinical lameness in dairy cows in an early stage, by combining sensor data, data from thermographic images and data from manual and visual scoring.

13:15-13:30    Turkey Gait Analysis: Predicting Expert Score With Machine Learning Based on IMU Data.
Jan Erik Doornweerd. Animal Breeding and Genomics, Wageningen University and Research
The aim of this study was predicting expert locomotion scores based on inertial measurement unit (IMU) data in turkeys

13:30-13:45    What do pregnant mares do at night? Activity budgets in pregnant mares before foaling – a pilot study.
Linnea Pålsson.