Validation of a pedometer algorithm as a tool for evaluation of locomotor behaviour in dairy Mediterranean buffalo.

D'Andrea, Luigi; Guccione, Jacopo; Alsaaod, Maher; Deiss, Ramona; Di Loria, Antonio; Steiner, Adrian; Ciaramella, Paolo (2017). Validation of a pedometer algorithm as a tool for evaluation of locomotor behaviour in dairy Mediterranean buffalo. Journal of dairy research, 84(4), pp. 391-394. Cambridge University Press 10.1017/S0022029917000668

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This research communication validates an algorithm to monitor natural occurrence of locomotor behaviours in dairy Mediterranean buffalo based on the output of a 3-dimensional accelerometer (RumiWatch®, pedometer). Several characteristics of the locomotor behaviour were detected with a very high (up-right, lying and standing time) or high degree of correlation (walking time and number of strides) and a low mean difference with the video recording. The proportion of correctly detected events exceeded 99 % for the following variables: stand up and lie down events, as well as number of lying, standing or walking bouts. The mean relative measurement error was less than 10 % for the variables: lying, standing, up-right times and number of strides as compared with gold standard. This new algorithm may represent the base for a future early and real-time disease warning system aiming to gain higher health standard in these ruminants.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

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

UniBE Contributor:

Alsaaod, Maher; Deiss, Ramona and Steiner, Adrian

Subjects:

600 Technology > 630 Agriculture

ISSN:

0022-0299

Publisher:

Cambridge University Press

Language:

English

Submitter:

Monika Mumenthaler

Date Deposited:

09 Nov 2018 09:30

Last Modified:

23 Oct 2019 15:03

Publisher DOI:

10.1017/S0022029917000668

PubMed ID:

29154738

Uncontrolled Keywords:

Accelerometer dairy Mediterranean buffalo lameness walking behaviour welfare

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.121049

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/121049

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