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SCR Engineers | Date: 2017-02-01

In a headlock system having a plurality of n headlock cells, each of the n cells being adapted to enclose at least one animal; n is an integer greater than 1; a system for locating the position of at least one animal, the system comprising: at least one identification means adapted to transmit at least one identification signal associated with said at least one animal; at least one locating means adapted to generate at least one location signal associated with said at least one animal; and, a data processing system in communication with said at least one identification means and said at least one locating means, adapted to analyze said signals, said analyzed signals comprising the position within a predetermined region in said headlock system of each of said at least one animals as a function of time.


Cha E.,Cornell University | Hertl J.A.,Cornell University | Bar D.,SCR Engineers | Grohn Y.T.,Cornell University
Preventive Veterinary Medicine | Year: 2010

Traditionally, studies which placed a monetary value on the effect of lameness have calculated the costs at the herd level and rarely have they been specific to different types of lameness. These costs which have been calculated from former studies are not particularly useful for farmers in making economically optimal decisions depending on individual cow characteristics. The objective of this study was to calculate the cost of different types of lameness at the individual cow level and thereby identify the optimal management decision for each of three representative lameness diagnoses. This model would provide a more informed decision making process in lameness management for maximal economic profitability. We made modifications to an existing dynamic optimization and simulation model, studying the effects of various factors (incidence of lameness, milk loss, pregnancy rate and treatment cost) on the cost of different types of lameness. The average cost per case (US$) of sole ulcer, digital dermatitis and foot rot were 216.07, 132.96 and 120.70, respectively. It was recommended that 97.3% of foot rot cases, 95.5% of digital dermatitis cases and 92.3% of sole ulcer cases be treated. The main contributor to the total cost per case of sole ulcer was milk loss (38%), treatment cost for digital dermatitis (42%) and the effect of decreased fertility for foot rot (50%). This model affords versatility as it allows for parameters such as production costs, economic values and disease frequencies to be altered. Therefore, cost estimates are the direct outcome of the farm specific parameters entered into the model. Thus, this model can provide farmers economically optimal guidelines specific to their individual cows suffering from different types of lameness. © 2010 Elsevier B.V.


Patent
SCR Engineers | Date: 2015-07-08

The present invention provides a method and device for detecting estrus in animal by sensing along time the motion of the animal and identifying when the sensed motion is not related to eating periods of the animal. Based on the sensed motion which is not related to eating periods the estrus in the animal is identified.


Patent
SCR Engineers | Date: 2015-07-08

The present invention provides a method and device for detecting estrus in animal by sensing along time the motion of the animal and identifying when the sensed motion is not related to eating periods of the animal. Based on the sensed motion which is not related to eating periods the estrus in the animal is identified.


Patent
SCR Engineers | Date: 2013-08-18

A cow retrieval system including one or more elevated rails and one or more trolleys translational along the rail and carrying at least one cow stimulating device operative to stimulate a cow to walk towards a desired location. The cow retrieval system could also include a cow tag localization system so to be operative to localize a tag attached to a cow, identify and retrieve the cow based on information input from the localization system.


Patent
SCR Engineers | Date: 2014-11-30

A system for behavioral monitoring for equines, comprising at least one sensor to measure a signal related to the equine, a database to store at least one parameter of the equine as a function of time, and processing means. The sensor is in communication with the equine, and comprises a wireless transmitter which is in communication with the data-base. The processing means, in communication with the database, is adapted to (i) determine, from at least one signal from the at least one sensor, at least one parameter of the equine as a function of time; (ii) establish normal behavior of the equine based on the parameter; and (iii) identify at least one abnormal behavior of the equine by identifying at least one deviation from normal behavior.


Patent
SCR Engineers | Date: 2016-09-26

In a headlock system having a plurality of n headlock cells, each of the n cells being adapted to enclose at least one animal; n is an integer greater than 1; a system for locating the position of at least one animal, the system comprising: at least one identification means adapted to transmit at least one identification signal associated with said at least one animal; at least one locating means adapted to generate at least one location signal associated with said at least one animal; and, a data processing system in communication with said at least one identification means and said at least one locating means, adapted to analyze said signals, said analyzed signals comprising the position within a predetermined region in said headlock system of each of said at least one animals as a function of time.


Patent
SCR Engineers | Date: 2011-09-13

A system and method of tracking animal livestock using electronic frequency signal transmitters and receivers is herein presented. The system involves electronic tags attached to the bodies of livestock. The tags transmit a signal which conveys the location or other pertinent information regarding the status of the animal. The signals are picked up by a receiver attached to a stationary platform, or located in a vehicle, or in a portable hand held receiver device. The information transmitted can be used to locate a specific animal or can be used to monitor the status and condition of the animal. The device contains several modes which minimize power consumption and maximize power supply lifetime.


Patent
SCR Engineers | Date: 2013-07-25

A compact milking system for conventional milking parlors. The system supports individual milking of each of the milk glands. The system possesses a compact form and weight providing conventional milking parlors with capabilities currently supported only by costly robotic milking systems. The system comprises at least two teat cups attachable to an animals udder; at least one Multi-Conduit Tube (MCT) having at least two milk conduits; at least one Separate Streams Claw wherein each milk stream communicates with only one teat cup and one MCT milk conduit; and one Sensing and Diverting Unit communicating with the MCT and operative to separately receive and analyze milk from each MCT milk conduit.


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