Prediction of calving time in dairy cattle.

Fadul, Mahmoud Mohamed; Bogdahn, Christopher Maximilian; Alsaaod, Maher; Hüsler, Jürg; Alexander, Starke; Steiner, Adrian; Hirsbrunner, Gabriela (2017). Prediction of calving time in dairy cattle. Animal reproduction science, 187, pp. 37-46. Elsevier 10.1016/j.anireprosci.2017.10.003

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This prospective study was carried out to predict the calving time in primiparous (n=11) and multiparous (n=22) Holstein-Friesian cows using the combination of data obtained from the RumiWatch noseband-sensor and 3D-accelerometer. The animals included in the study were fitted with the RumiWatch noseband-sensor and 3D-accelerometer at least 10days before the expected calving day. The calving event was defined as the time of the first appearance of the calves' feet outside the vulva, and this moment was determined by farm staff and/or confirmed by video monitor. As primiparous and multiparous cows behaved differently, two models including data of noseband-sensors and 3D-accelerometers were used to predict the calving time in each group. Lying bouts (LB) increased and rumination chews (RC) decreased similarly in both groups; besides that, boluses (B) decreased and other activities (OA) increased significantly in multiparous and primiparous cows, respectively. The sensitivity (Se) and specificity (Sp) for prediction of the onset of calving within the next 3h were determined with the logistic regression and ROC analysis (Se=88.9%, 85% and Sp=93.3%, 74% for multiparous and primiparous cows, respectively). This pilot study revealed that the RumiWatch system is a useful tool to predict calving time under farm conditions.

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08 Faculty of Science > Department of Mathematics and Statistics > Institute of Mathematical Statistics and Actuarial Science
05 Veterinary Medicine > Research Foci > Veterinary Public Health / Herd Health Management
05 Veterinary Medicine > Department of Clinical Veterinary Medicine (DKV)
05 Veterinary Medicine > Department of Clinical Veterinary Medicine (DKV) > Clinic for Ruminants

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Fadul, Mahmoud Mohamed Osman, Bogdahn, Christopher Maximilian, Alsaaod, Maher, Hüsler, Rudolf Jürg, Steiner, Adrian, Hirsbrunner, Gabriela


300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 360 Social problems & social services
500 Science > 510 Mathematics
600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health
600 Technology > 630 Agriculture








Jeannette Glauser

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11 Dec 2017 14:18

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02 Mar 2023 23:29

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Calving Dairy Multiparous Prediction Primiparous RumiWatch




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