Modelling of spatial variation of floor eggs in an aviary house for laying hens

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Abstract

A problem in loose housing systems for layers is laying eggs on the floor, which need manual collection. To automate this, it is desired to know the location of floor eggs for planning a collection path. as this information is not available, we constructed a spatial model to indicate the probability on floor eggs, based on housing properties. This model is mainly determined by parameters relating probability to position in the house. Validation against floor egg locations from poultry practice indicated that underlying model assumptions match with practice, making the model a suitable start for further work in this field.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPrecision Livestock Farming '13, 6th European Conference on Precision Livestock Farming
EditorsJ. Vandermeulen, D. Berckmans
Pages916-925
Publication statusPublished - 2013
EventPrecision Livestock Farming '13, 6th European Conference on Precision Livestock Farming, Leuven, Belgium -
Duration: 10 Sep 201312 Sep 2013

Conference

ConferencePrecision Livestock Farming '13, 6th European Conference on Precision Livestock Farming, Leuven, Belgium
Period10/09/1312/09/13

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