Researchers at Osaka University in Japan have developed an early detection method for cow lameness, which is also known as hoof disease.
The team says the system analyzes images of cow gait by applying human gait analysis, and can identify hoof disease with 99% accuracy or higher.
The technique enables the early detection of lameness from cow gait, and the researchers hope that a revolution in dairy farming can be achieved through detailed observation by artificial intelligence-powered image analysis.
The researchers waterproofed and dustproofed a Microsoft Kinect, and then installed it in a cowshed to detect a large number of cow gaits based on the images captured by the sensor.
"This will contribute largely to realizing a smart cowhouse interlocked with an automatic milking machine and feeding robot, both of which have already been introduced to some dairy farms, as well as wearable sensors attached to cows under study," says Osaka professor Yasushi Yagi.
From Osaka University
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