Poster : Understanding interactions between autonomous animal control and temperament when cattle are subjected to virtual fencing applications

Bishop-Hurley, Greg, Swain, D. L, Anderson, D. M, Corke, Peter, Sikka, Pavan, & Crossman, Chris (2005) Poster : Understanding interactions between autonomous animal control and temperament when cattle are subjected to virtual fencing applications. In Horizons in Livestock Sciences - Redesigning Animal Agriculture, 2-5 October 2005, Gold Coast International Hotel, Queensland , Australia.

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Virtual fencing has the potential to control grazing livestock. Understanding and refi ning the cues that can alter behaviour is an integral part of autonomous animal control. A series of tests have been completed to explore the relationship between temperament and control. Prior to exposure to virtual fencing control the animals were scored for temperament using fl ight speed and a sociability index using contact logging devices. The behavioural response of 30, Belmont Red steers were observed for behavioural changes when presented with cues prior to receiving an electrical stimulation. A control and four treatments designed to interrupt the animal’s movement down an alley were tested. The treatments consisted of sound plus electrical stimulation, vibration plus electrical stimulation, a visual cue plus electrical stimulation and electrical stimulation by itself. The treatments were randomly applied to each animal over fi ve consecutive trials. A control treatment in which no cues were applied was used to establish a basal behavioural pattern. A trial was considered completed after each animal had been retained behind the cue barrier for at least 60 sec. All cues and electrical stimulation were manually applied from a laptop located on a portable 3.5 m tower located immediately outside the alley. The electric stimulation consisted of 1.0 Kv of electricity. Electric stimulation, sound and vibration along with the Global Position System (GPS) hardware to autonomously record the animal’s path within the alley were recorded every second.

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ID Code: 33823
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: No
Additional Information: A monograph based on the topic of the conference has recently been published by CAB International. Redesigning Animal Agriculture - The Challenge of the 21st Century, edited by D L Swain, E Charmley, J W Steel and S G Coffey. Wallingford, UK: CAB International, 2007.
Keywords: Animal behaviour, grazing cattle, sensory stimuli, electric shock, vibration, sound, fencing
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC ENGINEERING (090600)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Past > Schools > School of Engineering Systems
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2005 [please consult author]
Deposited On: 09 Sep 2010 03:58
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2011 17:42

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