Automatic Lameness Detection in Dairy Cows using Artificial Neural Networks

Koen Mertens, Jürgen Vangeyte, Stephanie Van Weyenberg, Sam De Campeneere, Annelies Van Nuffel

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    Lameness in dairy herds is posing a serious problem to dairy farmers. Besides causing animal welfare problems, the farmer’s financial situation is also threatened. Conventionally, a farmer assesses the cows’ claws’ health occasionally in a non-structured manner. The GAITWISE is a cow’s gait assessment setup that is fully automated to help the farmer detect and control lameness problems. The GAITWISE processes the measurements of spatiotemporal kinematic and force variables using a pressure sensitive walkway. In this paper an approach is demonstrated where these parameters are fed to an artificial neural network in order to perform a lameness classification.
    Translated title of the contributionAutomatische detectie van kreupelheid bij melkvee met behulp van artificiële neurale netwerken
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the international conference of agricultural engineering CIGR-Ageng 2012
    Publication dateJul-2012
    Publication statusPublished - Jul-2012
    EventCIGR-AGENG 2012 - International Conference of Agricultural Engineering - Valencia, Valencia, Spain
    Duration: 8-Jul-201212-Jul-2012

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