Identification of the rumination in cattle using support vector machines with motion-sensitive bolus sensors

Hamilton, A. W., Davison, C., Tachtatzis, C., Andonovic, I., Michie, C., Ferguson, H. J. , Somerville, L. and Jonsson, N. N. (2019) Identification of the rumination in cattle using support vector machines with motion-sensitive bolus sensors. Sensors, 19(5), 1165. (doi:10.3390/s19051165) (PMID:30866541) (PMCID:PMC6427569)

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Abstract

The reticuloruminal function is central to the digestive efficiency in ruminants. For cattle, collar- and ear tag-based accelerometer monitors have been developed to assess the time spent ruminating on an individual animal. Cattle that are ill feed less and so ruminate less, thus, the estimation of the time spent ruminating provides insights into the health of individual animals. pH boluses directly provide information on the reticuloruminal function within the rumen and extended (three hours or more) periods during which the ruminal pH value remains below 5.6 is an indicator that dysfunction and poor welfare are likely. Accelerometers, incorporated into the pH boluses, have been used to indicate changes in behaviour patterns (high/low activity), utilised to detect the onset of oestrus. The paper demonstrates for the first time that by processing the reticuloruminal motion, it is possible to recover rumination periods. Reticuloruminal motion energy and the time between reticuloruminal contractions are used as inputs to a Support Vector Machine (SVM) to identify rumination periods with an overall accuracy of 86.1%, corroborated by neck mounted rumination collars.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:This research was supported in part by Innovate UK Project 102122-299219 Precision Beef.
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Jonsson, Professor Nicholas and Somerville, Dr Laura and Ferguson, Dr Holly
Authors: Hamilton, A. W., Davison, C., Tachtatzis, C., Andonovic, I., Michie, C., Ferguson, H. J., Somerville, L., and Jonsson, N. N.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Biodiversity Animal Health and Comparative Medicine
College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Medicine, Dentistry & Nursing
Journal Name:Sensors
Publisher:MDPI
ISSN:1424-8220
ISSN (Online):1424-8220
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2019 The Authors
First Published:First published in Sensors 19(5):1165
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License
Data DOI:10.15129/fc809102-7288-4b4e-aa48-55ba6608dc2c

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