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New system gives insight into animals’ feeding habits

Posted: Thursday, Jul 18th, 2013


Courtesy/ Peggy Greb - Agricultural engineer Tami Brown-Brandl evaluates a pig’s feeding behavior with a new monitoring system that has been installed on the feeder in the background. Each pig receives an electronic ear tag that allows the system to identify it and record its presence at the feeder.


CLAY CENTER – A new system that monitors livestock feeding behavior has been developed by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists.

Agricultural engineers Tami Brown-Brandl and Roger Eigenberg at the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Roman L. Hruska U.S. Meat Animal Research Center (USMARC) in Clay Center designed software and hardware that incorporates standard radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology and a commercial reader to monitor animals’ eating habits.

For the complete article see the 07-19-2013 issue.

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