Validation of a noseband pressure sensor algorithm as a tool for evaluation of feeding behaviour in dairy Mediterranean buffalo (Bubalus Bubalis).

Guccione, Jacopo; D'Andrea, Luigi; Alsaaod, Maher; Borriello, Giuliano; Steiner, Adrian; Ciaramella, Paolo (2019). Validation of a noseband pressure sensor algorithm as a tool for evaluation of feeding behaviour in dairy Mediterranean buffalo (Bubalus Bubalis). Journal of dairy research, 86(1), pp. 40-42. Cambridge University Press 10.1017/S0022029919000074

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This research communication addresses the goal of validating an algorithm to monitor natural occurrence of feeding behaviours in dairy Mediterranean buffalo based on the output of a noseband pressure sensor (RumiWatch®, halter). Several characteristics of the feeding behaviour were detected with a very high (ruminating boluses), high (chews per bolus) and moderate degree of correlation (chews per minute) with video analyses (gold standard). All of them were associated with a low mean difference with the gold standard, and the mean relative measurement error ranged between low (ruminating boluses) and moderate (chews per bolus and chews per minute). The proportion of correctly detected events for the variables rumination and eating time was 98 and 99%, respectively. The collection of data and subsequent evaluation of the parameters investigated may provide objective information on Mediterranean Buffalo behaviours allowing for reliable studies of the animal welfare in this ruminant in the future.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

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 and Steiner, Adrian

Subjects:

500 Science > 590 Animals (Zoology)
600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health
600 Technology > 630 Agriculture

ISSN:

0022-0299

Publisher:

Cambridge University Press

Language:

English

Submitter:

Nathalie Viviane Zollinger

Date Deposited:

27 May 2020 10:11

Last Modified:

28 May 2020 06:18

Publisher DOI:

10.1017/S0022029919000074

PubMed ID:

30729911

Uncontrolled Keywords:

Dairy Mediterranean buffalo feeding behaviour health noseband sensor welfare

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.144197

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/144197

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