US 9,807,981 B2
Automated monitoring of animal nutriment ingestion
Daniel Berckmans, Kessel-Lo (BE); Arda Aydin, Heverlee (BE); and Claudia Bahr, Heverlee (BE)
Assigned to KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN, Leuven (BE)
Appl. No. 14/780,648
Filed by KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN, Leuven (BE)
PCT Filed Mar. 28, 2014, PCT No. PCT/BE2014/000015
§ 371(c)(1), (2) Date Sep. 28, 2015,
PCT Pub. No. WO2014/153626, PCT Pub. Date Oct. 2, 2014.
Claims priority of application No. 1305725.2 (GB), filed on Mar. 28, 2013.
Prior Publication US 2016/0050888 A1, Feb. 25, 2016
Int. Cl. A01K 29/00 (2006.01); A01K 5/02 (2006.01); A01K 39/01 (2006.01); A01K 39/02 (2006.01); G01N 29/44 (2006.01)
CPC A01K 29/005 (2013.01) [A01K 5/02 (2013.01); A01K 39/01 (2013.01); A01K 39/02 (2013.01); G01N 29/44 (2013.01); G01N 2291/028 (2013.01)] 20 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. An automated method for monitoring the amount of a nutriment taken up by an animal or group of animals feeding or drinking from a nutriment supply station wherein said method comprises the steps of:
acquiring data on the vibration of said nutriment supply station and/or on the impact sounds transmitted through said feed supply station;
analyzing said vibration or impact sound data in order to identify and count individual nutriment uptake signals, resulting from a nutriment uptake action of an animal feeding or drinking from said nutriment supply station; and
extrapolating the amount of nutriment taken up by said animal or group of animals within a given period of time based on the number of nutriment uptake signals recorded over said same period of time.