Assessing individual activity levels in two broiler lines using an ultra-wideband tracking system

M. Van Der Sluis*, B. De Klerk, E.D. Ellen, Y. De Haas, T. Hijink, T.B. Rodenburg

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Abstract

Individual data on activity of broilers is valuable for breeding programmes, as activity may serve as proxy for multiple health, welfare and performance indicators. However, in current husbandry systems, broilers are often kept in large groups, which makes it difficult to identify and monitor them at the individual level. Sensor technologies, such as ultra-wideband (UWB) tracking systems, might offer solutions. This paper investigated the recorded distances of an UWB tracking system that was applied to broilers, as a first step in assessing the potential of an UWB tracking system for studying individual levels of activity in broilers housed in groups. To this end, the distances moved as recorded by the UWB system were compared to distances recorded on video, using Kinovea video tracking software. There was a moderately strong positive correlation between the output of the UWB system and video tracking, although some under- and over- estimations were observed. Even though the recorded distances from the UWB system may not completely match the true distances moved, the UWB system appears to be well-suited for studying differences in activity between individual broilers when measured with the same system settings.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPrecision Livestock Farming 2019
Subtitle of host publicationPapers Presented at the 9th European Conference on Precision Livestock Farming, ECPLF 2019
EditorsBernadette O'Brien, Deirdre Hennessy, Laurence Shalloo
PublisherTeagasc
Pages903-906
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781841706542
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2019
Event9th European Conference on Precision Livestock Farming, ECPLF 2019 - Cork, Ireland
Duration: 26 Aug 201929 Aug 2019

Publication series

NamePrecision Livestock Farming 2019 - Papers Presented at the 9th European Conference on Precision Livestock Farming, ECPLF 2019

Conference

Conference9th European Conference on Precision Livestock Farming, ECPLF 2019
CountryIreland
CityCork
Period26/08/1929/08/19

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Keywords

  • Activity
  • Broilers
  • Tracking
  • Ultra-wideband

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Van Der Sluis, M., De Klerk, B., Ellen, E. D., De Haas, Y., Hijink, T., & Rodenburg, T. B. (2019). Assessing individual activity levels in two broiler lines using an ultra-wideband tracking system. In B. O'Brien, D. Hennessy, & L. Shalloo (Eds.), Precision Livestock Farming 2019: Papers Presented at the 9th European Conference on Precision Livestock Farming, ECPLF 2019 (pp. 903-906). (Precision Livestock Farming 2019 - Papers Presented at the 9th European Conference on Precision Livestock Farming, ECPLF 2019). Teagasc.