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Record number 560440
Title On-farm automated tracking of group-housed poultry
Author(s) Ellen, E.D.; Sluis, M. van der; Klerk, B. de; Haas, Y. de; Hijink, Thijme; Rodenburg, T.B.
Source In: Book of abstracts of the 70th Annual Meeting of the European Federation of Animal Science (EAAP). - Wageningen Academic Publishers (Book of Abstracts ) - ISBN 9789086863396 - p. 136 - 136.
Event 70th Annual Meeting of the European Federation of Animal Science (2019), Ghent, 2019-08-26/2019-08-30
Department(s) Animal Breeding & Genomics
Adaptation Physiology
Publication type Abstract in scientific journal or proceedings
Publication year 2019
Abstract Production animals, including poultry, are increasingly kept in groups, making identication and tracking of individual animals challenging. Often video analyses are used, but these are time-consuming and prone to human error. Therefore, automated systems for monitoring individual animals are desired. One possible approach is the implementation of an ultra-wideband (UWB) system to track individual animals. A previous study implemented an UWB system for laying hens in a research setting. Hens were tted with an UWB tag in a small backpack and, using stationary sensing beacons, the location of each bird could be determined. Compared to video tracking of individual birds, the UWB system was shown to be capable of detecting the bird’s location with 85% accuracy. In the current study, the system was applied on a broiler farm to assess its on-farm applicability. At approximately 14 days of age, broilers were tted with an UWB tag. Twelve birds were tracked with the UWB system on nineteen consecutive days, for one hour each day. Distances moved according to the UWB system were compared to those found on video and a moderately strong correlation between the UWB system and video tracking was found (Repeated measures correlation, r=0.71, P<0.0005). Furthermore, individual levels of activity were assessed using this setup. 137 birds from different genetic crosses were tracked near-continuously for seventeen consecutive days. First results indicate that for all crosses, the UWB system was found to be capable of detecting a decrease in activity over time. Overall, the UWB system appears well-suited for tracking of broilers. However, the UWB tags are relatively large. Therefore, tracking and monitoring of young broilers is not possible. Current work is focussing on implementing a passive radio frequency identication system, with smaller tags. Possibly, this system can track individual activity of broiler chickens throughout their life.
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