Title: Farm Animals Monitoring Tool based on Image Processing Technique
Authors: Bites Romanini, Carlos Eduardo
Viazzi, Stefano
Borgonovo, Federica
Costa, Anna
Guarino, Marcella
Leroy, Toon
Berckmans, Daniel #
Issue Date: 1-Feb-2012
Publisher: Eds. SciTePress
Host Document: Proceedings of the First International Workshop on Veterinary Biosignals and Biodevices pages:60-68
Conference: VBB edition:1 location:Algarve date:1-4 February 2012
Abstract: This paper describes camera based systems and image processing
technique as a monitoring tool for farm animals. Image based systems were
used to automatic measure the activity and occupation indexes of piglets and
broilers chickens. Experimental results were presented in a form of two case
studies: 1) Understanding the effect of environmental enrichment in piglet’s
activities - the study was conducted in two selected pens of a fattening room.
The activity of 14 Dalland piglets was recorded continuously for a total of 5
days. On the second day environmental enrichments were introduced in the
form of two wooden logs and a chain. 2) Understanding the effect of light
intensity on broiler chicken’s activities - in a total of 62 Ross 308 broiler
chickens (equal number of female and male) kept on a 16 h photoperiod
treatments. The light intensity schedule varied according to the age of the
chickens. For chickens with 15 days old the light-dark schedule alternate every
4 hours between 5 lx and 100 lx. For chickens with around 21 and 40 days old
the light conditions alternated every 2 hours. In both study cases the activity
index recorded the total amount of movement at a group level. Piglets increased
their movements and playing behaviour when environmental enrichments
(wood logs and chain) were introduced to the pens. Broiler chickens showed
higher activity indexes during periods of 100 lx than 5 lx when light intensity
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IC
Appears in Collections:Division M3-BIORES: Measure, Model & Manage Bioresponses (-)
# (joint) last author

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