Proceedings of 15th Symposium and 7th Conference on Lameness in Ruminants pages:289-293
Conference on Lameness in Ruminants edition:7 location:Kuopio date:9-13 June 2008
The objective of this research is to develop and analyze image parameters correlated with expert gait scores that are applicable for continuous lameness detection. Experiments were done on ILVO farm in Ghent Belgium in August/September 2007. A camera recorded postures and movements of lactating Holstein cows. The parameters trackway overlap and spine arch were calculated for 10 cows. Evaluation showed that the parameters contain information that can be related to lameness. Results show that each image parameter has a relation to gait scores given by experts. It shows trackway overlap and spine arch are useful for lameness detection. A further goal is the development of an automatic on-line lameness detection tool after analyzing more lame cows and more image parameters.