Evaluating the feeding behaviors of animals

A study recently has been investigating the effects of the wireless sensors placed in bovine animals. The research examined the effects of the wireless sensors placed in bovine animals, birds as well as looking at the feeds given to birds. It has gained national interest due to its keen focus on the future of animal production and animal husbandry.

The aim of the project organized by Professor Dr Unal Kılıç is to produce fattening cattle and milk producing animals, in a healthy and efficient manner. He explained, “We are investigating the effect of baits on the workplace.”
The wireless sensors put into the cattle, which can be controlled remotely, are said to lead to more efficient production and will ensure that the scope of the project can be controlled successfully.

Professor Kılıç emphasized that they are evaluating the feeding behaviors of animals fed with sensors, he explained that, “Temperature stress, acid formation by measuring the rumen temperature, sickness, chilling time, water drinking behavior, stress, animal health and rumen pressure,” are all monitored closely.

The sensors are battery operated and last for 2.5 to three years. The battery-operated method ensures that the user
knows how the animals consumed feeds, and how they affected the feeding pattern of the animals. “We have installed remote controlled wireless sensors in the workbenches of some bovine animals in different areas in the project. We are investigating what kind of effect they have on the birds after consuming the feed given to the fattening animals."

“Which feeds are more beneficial to the animals – and which ones are improving the acid environment. We will ensure that fattening and dairy animals will be raised more healthily and efficiently with wireless rumen sensors,”

Professor Kılıç enlightened. The information is obtained from the sensors within 30 meters of the dispensers.

“ We place the sensor approaching at least as close as 30 meters from the mobile phone, or to receive information on a special software we install on computers. “

The information highlights how much of the feed the animals have consumed, and consequently how much has created acidic media. Then how have these results affected the pH, the feed consumption and the pH of the rumen.

“We receive this every information every 15 minutes via the sensors. This means that we are aware how effective the feed is for the milk or meat production animals. They also help identify mycotoxin poisoning in the animals,” Professor Kılıç summarizes.


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