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Development of a proximity sensor to measure automatically spatial associations between animals and resources - AW0817

Description
It is important to know whether all animals within a captive group have sufficient access to food and water or other resources such as outside runs. Dominance hierarchies in some species may result in exclusion of low ranking individuals from such resources, alternatively it may not be necessary for all individuals to have access to one resource simultaneously, eg water trough. The gathering of data to investigate these questions has usually involved video recording the group of animals under different management strategies and then a time-consuming behavioural analysis of these records. The aim of the proposed work is to develop and validate the use of small ‘proximity tags’ to gather the required information automatically thereby greatly reducing the staff time required and increasing the accuracy of the results.
Project Documents
• Final Report : Development of a proximity sensor to measure automatically spatial associations between animals and resources   (1739k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2004

To: 2004

Cost: £10,247
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Central Science Laboratory
Keywords
Animal Welfare              
Livestock              
Plants and Animals              
Transport              
Fields of Study
Animal Welfare