Externally funded project

Automated monitoring of animal welfare indicators in poultry (AutoWohl) (AutoWohl)

Project Details
Project duration: 04/201712/2019


WP 1.2, 1.3:

Keel bone damage and cannibalism in laying hens
are severe multifactorially caused animal welfare problems. An automatic camera
system for the detection of keel bone damage and skin lesions at the
slaughterhouse could support farmers in the systematic health-control of their
flocks, so that preventive measure can be taken, if necessary. Development and
validation of such a system includes among others the assessment on 20
commercial farms to which degree damage may be caused by catching, transport
and the slaughter process. It is the goal of this project to provide an
objective and reliable automatic detection system of keel bone damage and skin lesions
for the long-term animal welfare monitoring.

WP 2.5: Early detection of cannibalism in turkeys:

trimming of turkeys to minimize damage caused by feather pecking or cannibalism
is routine practice. Therefore, the planned ban of routine beak trimming in
Germany presents a great challenge for turkey farmers. Cannibalism in turkeys
is a multifactorial animal welfare problem, which in the long-term may be
resolve by optimizing on-farm conditions. Simultaneously, an early detection
system could help to control cannibalism outbreaks in time. In this project, we
are looking for early indicators of cannibalism that are suited for automated
monitoring such as increased general or pecking activity. Simultaneously, the dynamics
of cannibalism over time and possible associations with other animal related
measures are investigated. Based on the results, guidelines for the automatic
early detection of cannibalism and preventive measures in practice are

cooperation with CLK GmbH, being responsible for the technical side of the
project, and the University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover, (project coordination), University of Munich München, Univerity of Applied Sciences Osnabrück, Barnstorfer Geflügelschlachterei and Heidemark GmbH

Funded by the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (www.ble.de/ptble/innovationsfoerderung-bmel/)

Last updated on 2018-20-08 at 17:12