Advanced search
1 file | 1.09 MB Add to list
Author
Organization
Project
“naar een objectieve meetmethode voor welzijn en gezondheid van varkens”, IWT 080530
Abstract
Every year over 59 billion animals are slaughtered for worldwide food production. The increasing demand for animal products has made mass animal breeding more important than ever. Satisfying the needs of the market, farmers will have to use automatic tools to monitor the welfare and health of their animals since manual monitoring is expensive and time consuming. Literature has shown that water use of pigs relates to important variables such as inside temperature, food intake, food conversion, growth rate and health condition. So, water use might be an interesting indicator for automatic monitoring pigs’ health or productivity status. Therefore, we try to find a cheap and elegant way to monitor continuous water use in a group of pigs in a farm pen. This study comprises four groups of piglets, each group of ten animals in a pen. On average, in the beginning of experiments pigs had a weight of 27 kilograms and in the end they gained weight up to 40 kilograms. Using a water-meter for each pen, water use rate was measured and monitored minutely. The pig house was also equipped with Charge-coupled device (CCD) cameras. Each pen was monitored using a camera which was installed above the pen to generate top-view images. There was a water outlet in the corner of each pen. Employing image processing algorithms, drink nipple visits were monitored automatically. Using data of a performed experiment comprising three weeks of data recordings, the relationship between water use and drink nipple visits was investigated. Results show that by developing a data-based dynamic model of the visits to the drink nipple observed in videos, hourly water use can be estimated with an accuracy of 92 per cent.
Keywords
databased, dynamic modelling, pig barn, Pig welfare monitoring, drink nipple visits, water use monitoring

Downloads

  • (...).pdf
    • full text
    • |
    • UGent only
    • |
    • PDF
    • |
    • 1.09 MB

Citation

Please use this url to cite or link to this publication:

MLA
Kashiha, Mohammadamin et al. “Can We Monitor Water Use of Pigs in an Automated Way by Cameras?” Agricultural Engineering CIGR-AgEng, Conference Proceedings. International Commission of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering (CIGR) ; European Society of Agricultural Engineers (EurAgEng), 2012. Print.
APA
Kashiha, M., Bahr, C., Amirpour Haredasht, S., Ott, S., Moons, C., Niewold, T. A., Odberg, F., et al. (2012). Can we monitor water use of pigs in an automated way by cameras? Agricultural Engineering CIGR-AgEng, Conference proceedings. Presented at the International conference of Agricultural Engineering CIGR-AgEng2012, International Commission of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering (CIGR) ; European Society of Agricultural Engineers (EurAgEng).
Chicago author-date
Kashiha, Mohammadamin, Claudia Bahr, Sara Amirpour Haredasht, Sanne Ott, Christel Moons, Theo A Niewold, Frank Odberg, and Daniel Berckmans. 2012. “Can We Monitor Water Use of Pigs in an Automated Way by Cameras?” In Agricultural Engineering CIGR-AgEng, Conference Proceedings. International Commission of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering (CIGR) ; European Society of Agricultural Engineers (EurAgEng).
Chicago author-date (all authors)
Kashiha, Mohammadamin, Claudia Bahr, Sara Amirpour Haredasht, Sanne Ott, Christel Moons, Theo A Niewold, Frank Odberg, and Daniel Berckmans. 2012. “Can We Monitor Water Use of Pigs in an Automated Way by Cameras?” In Agricultural Engineering CIGR-AgEng, Conference Proceedings. International Commission of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering (CIGR) ; European Society of Agricultural Engineers (EurAgEng).
Vancouver
1.
Kashiha M, Bahr C, Amirpour Haredasht S, Ott S, Moons C, Niewold TA, et al. Can we monitor water use of pigs in an automated way by cameras? Agricultural Engineering CIGR-AgEng, Conference proceedings. International Commission of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering (CIGR) ; European Society of Agricultural Engineers (EurAgEng); 2012.
IEEE
[1]
M. Kashiha et al., “Can we monitor water use of pigs in an automated way by cameras?,” in Agricultural Engineering CIGR-AgEng, Conference proceedings, Valencia, Spain, 2012.
@inproceedings{3223090,
  abstract     = {Every year over 59 billion animals are slaughtered for worldwide food production. The increasing demand for animal products has made mass animal breeding more important than ever. Satisfying the needs of the market, farmers will have to use automatic tools to monitor the welfare and health of their animals since manual monitoring is expensive and time consuming. Literature has shown that water use of pigs relates to important variables such as inside temperature, food intake, food conversion, growth rate and health condition. So, water use might be an interesting indicator for automatic monitoring pigs’ health or productivity status. Therefore, we try to find a cheap and elegant way to monitor continuous water use in a group of pigs in a farm pen. This study comprises four groups of piglets, each group of ten animals in a pen. On average, in the beginning of experiments pigs had a weight of 27 kilograms and in the end they gained weight up to 40 kilograms. Using a water-meter for each pen, water use rate was measured and monitored minutely. The pig house was also equipped with Charge-coupled device (CCD) cameras. Each pen was monitored using a camera which was installed above the pen to generate top-view images. There was a water outlet in the corner of each pen. Employing image processing algorithms, drink nipple visits were monitored automatically. Using data of a performed experiment comprising three weeks of data recordings, the relationship between water use and drink nipple visits was investigated. Results show that by developing a data-based dynamic model of the  visits to the drink nipple observed in videos, hourly water use can be estimated with an accuracy of 92 per cent.},
  author       = {Kashiha, Mohammadamin and Bahr, Claudia and Amirpour Haredasht, Sara and Ott, Sanne and Moons, Christel and Niewold, Theo A and Odberg, Frank and Berckmans, Daniel},
  booktitle    = {Agricultural Engineering CIGR-AgEng, Conference proceedings},
  keywords     = {databased,dynamic modelling,pig barn,Pig welfare monitoring,drink nipple visits,water use monitoring},
  language     = {eng},
  location     = {Valencia, Spain},
  pages        = {6},
  publisher    = {International Commission of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering (CIGR) ; European Society of Agricultural Engineers (EurAgEng)},
  title        = {Can we monitor water use of pigs in an automated way by cameras?},
  year         = {2012},
}