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Behavior classification of dairy cows fitted with GPS collars


Dunne, R and Henry, D and Rawnsley, R and Rahman, A, Behavior classification of dairy cows fitted with GPS collars, Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 10526 pp. 15-25. ISSN 0302-9743 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1007/978-3-319-67274-8_2


Precision management systems for livestock offer the potential to monitor and manage animals on an individual basis. A key component of these sensor based systems are the analytical models that automatically translate sensor data into different behavioral categories.

Here we consider the use of GPS data for modelling the behaviour of dairy cows. The performance of this approach is validated across a study involving 24 Holstein-Friesian dairy cows that were each fitted with a GPS unit on a neck collar. The behavior of the cows are classified into 4 general classes: grazing; moving from paddock to paddock; milking; and resting. Using simple rules derived from prior information about the behavior of dairy cows, and information about the layout of the farm, the classification was substantially improved.

The utility of a log of animal behaviour will increase when joined with other data (milk yield, for example) and has the potential to provide useful in animal management, obtained at little cost

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:GPS, geographical positioning system, behavior classification, machine learning, livestock, precision management
Research Division:Agricultural, Veterinary and Food Sciences
Research Group:Animal production
Research Field:Animal management
Objective Division:Animal Production and Animal Primary Products
Objective Group:Livestock raising
Objective Field:Dairy cattle
UTAS Author:Rawnsley, R (Dr Richard Rawnsley)
ID Code:153019
Year Published:2017
Deposited By:TIA - Research Institute
Deposited On:2022-09-01
Last Modified:2022-10-18

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