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Early warning of footpad dermatitis and hockburn in broiler chicken flocks using optical flow, body weight and water consumption

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Footpad dermatitis and hockburn are serious welfare and economic issues for the production of broiler (meat) chickens. We here describe the use of an inexpensive camera system that monitors the movements of broiler flocks throughout their lives and suggests that is possible to predict, even in young birds, the cross-sectional prevalence at slaughter of footpad dermatitis and hockburn before external signs are visible. The skew and kurtosis calculated from our camera-based optical flow system ...

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Peer reviewed
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10.1136/vr.104066

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Oxford, MPLS, Zoology
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Oxford, MPLS, Engineering Science
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Publisher:
BMJ Publishing Group Publisher's website
Journal:
Veterinary Record Journal website
Volume:
180
Issue:
20
Pages:
1-6
Publication date:
2017-02-27
Acceptance date:
2017-02-03
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EISSN:
2042-7670
ISSN:
0042-4900
Pubs id:
pubs:676053
URN:
uri:050d5b67-6b41-4ef1-be4a-ab5464a43519
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uuid:050d5b67-6b41-4ef1-be4a-ab5464a43519
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pubs:676053

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