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Scientists Looking Into Employing AI to Identify Diseases in Cattle Sooner

14th August 2023

One of 14 initiatives, including one from the University of Bristol, will split £9 million in financing from Defra as a component of a significant effort to battle endemic cattle illness.

AI will be applied by researchers to track social behavior in cows that may be a sign of future lameness or mastitis, the most serious illnesses facing the UK dairy sector.

While there are advancements that may automatically recognize sickness in cattle, they typically concentrate on visible symptoms that are linked to the subsequent phases of the condition.

Nevertheless, by employing AI to analyse social interactions, scientists hope to discover diseases at the beginning stages.

Doctor Andrew Dowsey from Bristol Veterinary School stated, “A cow’s response to infection or trauma is to reduce behaviours which are not immediately essential to survival, such as social interactions.”

He went on to say, “In a recent study we found that social exploration, the grooming of others, and receiving headbutts were all lower in cows with early-stage mastitis, so we think social behaviour changes could be early predictors of disease.”

The network will then be installed at a collection of farms selected for trials.

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