On-animal sensor development and their application in welfare assessment

Dr Mark Trotter (view profile)

There are now numerous on-animal sensors emerging in the commercial livestock industries. They hold significant promise in terms of improving welfare outcomes for animals. However, it is not always clear how these systems actually work, how they might best be applied and what their limitations might be.

This is particularly the case for the application of these on animal sensor systems in extensive grazing environments. In these situations it is not only detecting issues but also transferring data, informing the manager and implementing control measures that pose a significant challenge.

This presentation will outline some of the technologies that are currently available, some of the new and emerging systems and how they might be applied to improve welfare outcomes in the red-meat industries based in extensive grazing environments.