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Automated monitoring of foraging behaviour in free-range sheep grazing a biodiverse pasture

Mason, A and Sneddon, J (2013) Automated monitoring of foraging behaviour in free-range sheep grazing a biodiverse pasture. In: 2013 Seventh International Conference Sensing Technology . pp. 46-51. (2013 Seventh International Conference Sensing Technology, 03 December 2013 - 05 December 2013, Wellington, New Zealand).

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Abstract

Little is currently known about the foraging behavior of free ranging animals, particularly in biodiverse pastures. This is despite the suggestion of recent work that animals grazing on such pastures tend to produce better quality meat. This paper presents a bespoke Wireless Sensor Network system designed to be mounted on grazing animals and collect movement information which is then coded with reference to human observations. In doing this it has been possible to calibrate the bespoke system such that, in realtime, the system can be used to deduce animal behavior (e.g. resting, grazing, foraging, etc.) remotely. When coupled with future GPS-free positional information, this system will provide valuable information for the UK agricultural industry, in addition to overcoming the challenges faced by many commercial systems which rely on energy intensive GPS technology. Keywords- Behaviour monitoring, wireless sensor networks, tracking, location, accelerometer, animal grazing, biodiverse pasture.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: Q Science > QH Natural history
Q Science > QL Zoology
Divisions: Natural Sciences and Psychology
Publisher: IEEE
Date Deposited: 18 Sep 2015 10:23
Last Modified: 18 Sep 2015 10:23
DOI or Identification number: 10.1109/ICSensT.2013.6727614
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/2035

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