Research

IceRobotics’ products are trusted by animal behaviour researchers and academic institutions across the world. Here you can discover some of the research projects that our technologies have been instrumental in supporting.

Movement Behaviour of Traditionally Managed Cattle in the Eastern Province of Zambia Captured Using Two-Dimensional Motion Sensors

Authors: Caesar H. Lubaba, Arata Hidano , Susan C. Welburn, Crawford W. Revie and Mark C. Eisler.  Organization: PLoS ONE Journal. Summary: Two-dimensional motion sensors use electronic accelerometers to record the lying, standing and walking activity of cattle. Movement behaviour data collected automatically using these sensors over prolonged periods of time could be of use to stakeholders making management and disease control […]

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Administration of a NSAID (meloxicam) affects lying behaviour after caesarean section in beef cows

Authors: Alice C. Barrier, Tamsin M. Coombs, Cathy M. Dwyer, Laurent Goby and M. J. Haskell. Organization: Applied Animal Behaviour Science. Summary: Very little is known about the pain experienced by cattle following caesarean section and hence little consideration has been given to managing it. Thus the purpose of this study was to investigate activity-related […]

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Short-term temperament tests in beef cattle relate to long-term measures of behavior recorded in the home pen

Authors: J.R.D. MacKay, S.P. Turner, J.Hyslop, J.M. Deag and M. J. Haskell. Organization: American Society of Animal Science. Summary: Handling temperament tests for beef cattle have been related to production traits, with calmer temperaments having greater growth rates. In most tests of temperament or personality, observation of the animal takes place over a short period […]

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Validation of a technology for objectively measuring behaviour in dairy cows and its application for oestrous detection

Authors: J.E McGowan, C.R. Burke and J.G. Jago. Organization: New Zealand Society of Animal Production (INC). Summary: Devices (IceTag® ActivityMonitor) using accelerometer technology to determine the behaviour of cows (proportion of time lying, standing, active and step count) were attached to 15 cows (2 per cow) and validated between devices and against observed behaviour. Link: […]

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IceTag 3D™ accelerometric device in cattle lameness detection

Authors: E. Kokin, J. Praks, I. Veermäe, V. Poikalainen  and M. Vallas. Organization: Institute  of  Veterinary  Medicine  and  Animal  Sciences,  Estonian  University  of  Life Sciences. Summary: Pilot study to evaluate the possibility of using IceTag3D™ accelerometric device for the early detection of lame cows in dairy herd.  The measurements were carried out in the experimental […]

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Impact of lameness on gait characteristics and lying behaviour on zero grazed dairy cattle in early lactation

Authors: N. Blackie, J. Amory, E. Bleach and  J. Scaife. Organization: Centre for Equine and Animal Science, Writtle College. Summary: A study examining the impact of chronic lameness, where animals remained the same locomotion score for 3 consecutive months on lying behaviour of dairy cattle. Link: www.appliedanimalbehaviour.com/article/S0168-1591(11)00264-4/abstract

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Automated methods for detecting lameness and measuring analgesia in dairy cattle

Authors: N. Chapinal , A. M. de Passillé , J. Rushen , and S. Wagner. Organization:  Animal Welfare Program, University of British Columbia. Summary: A study to assess gait, automated measures of weight distribution among the legs, and daily activity as methods for detecting lameness in dairy cows and measuring pain mitigation by nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory […]

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Lying laterality and the effect of the IceTag data loggers on lying behaviour on dairy cows

Authors: J. Gibbons, C. Medrano-Galarza, A. M. de Passille, J. Rushen. Organization: Pacific Agri-Food Research Centre, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. Summary: Lying behaviour is a useful indicator of cow comfort, but can be time consuming to measure. Data loggers are commonly used to automatically record behavioural activity but may influence the animal’s behaviour. Link: http://www.appliedanimalbehaviour.com/article/S0168-1591%2811%2900425-4/references

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Behavioral changes in dairy cows with mastitis

Authors: C. Medrano-Galarza , J. Gibbons , S. Wagner ,  A. M. de Passillé  and J. Rushen. Organization: Applied Animal Behavior and Animal Welfare Programme, The University of Edinburgh, Easter Bush Veterinary Centre. Summary: Mastitis is a frequent and painful disease in dairy cows. However, pain detection and alleviation in mastitic cows has been overlooked. […]

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Characterization of lying behavior in dairy cows transitioning from a freestall barn with pasture access to a compost bedded pack barn without pasture access

Authors: E. A. Eckelkamp , C. N. Gravatte , C. O. Coombs , and J. M. Bewley. Organization: Department of Animal and Food Sciences, University of Kentucky. Summary: The Professional Animal Scientist 30 ( 2014 ):109–113.  Lying times of 10 lactating Holstein cows were monitored using an activity monitor to assess lying times. Changes were recorded […]

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