Submitted to: Meeting Abstract
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: August 13, 2004
Publication Date: September 10, 2004
Citation: Eigenberg, R.A., Brown Brandl, T.M., Nienaber, J.A. 2004. Biosensors applied to physiological monitoring [abstract]. Third International Workshop on Smart Sensors in Livestock Monitoring (SMART 2004). CD-ROM. p. 12-13. Technical Abstract: Stress research on agricultural production animals involves monitoring of bio-energetic responses to environmental challenges. Automated physiological and behavioural responses of animals have the advantage of reducing labour, increasing the frequency of observation, reducing bias and observer influence, but automation requires specialized instrumentation. Equipment has been developed or adapted to meet monitoring needs for cattle and swine for stress research at the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center. Specific equipment reviewed includes body temperature loggers, respiration rate data collectors for cattle and swine, livestock safety monitor and an electronic ID system for tracking feeding behaviour of cattle. Summary data for the electronic systems is included demonstrating the functionality of the systems.