Supporting the Development and Adoption of Automatic Lameness Detection Systems in Dairy Cattle: Effect of System Cost and Performance on Potential Market Shares

Tim Van De Gucht, Stephanie Van Weyenberg, Annelies Van Nuffel, Ludwig Lauwers, Jürgen Vangeyte, Wouter Saeys

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    Most automatic lameness detection system prototypes have not yet been commercialized,
    and are hence not yet adopted in practice. Therefore, the objective of this study was to simulate
    the effect of detection performance (percentage missed lame cows and percentage false alarms) and
    system cost on the potential market share of three automatic lameness detection systems relative to
    visual detection: a system attached to the cow, a walkover system, and a camera system. Simulations
    were done using a utility model derived from survey responses obtained from dairy farmers in
    Flanders, Belgium. Overall, systems attached to the cow had the largest market potential, but were
    still not competitive with visual detection. Increasing the detection performance or lowering the
    system cost led to higher market shares for automatic systems at the expense of visual detection.
    The willingness to pay for extra performance was €2.57 per % less missed lame cows, €1.65 per % less
    false alerts, and €12.7 for lame leg indication, respectively. The presented results could be exploited
    by system designers to determine the effect of adjustments to the technology on a system’s potential
    adoption rate.
    Oorspronkelijke taalEngels
    Pagina's (van-tot)77
    Aantal pagina’s15
    PublicatiestatusGepubliceerd - 8-okt.-2017

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