in Animal Production
Like crop production, animal production
economics exhibits small profit margins.
This makes the growth, development, reproduction,
and well-being of each animal critically
important for a profitable enterprise. Current
technologies allow producers to monitor individual
animal feed consumption, feedlot movement,
temperature, lameness, milk production, meat
composition and quality, and weight gain—often
without any human intervention or presence.
Based on various dairy milk characteristics,
it is also possible to estimate the likelihood
of estrus or disease. With environmental
concerns surrounding large feeding operations,
frequent or continuous air and water monitoring
are also becoming important. This involves
not only data collection, but also data analysis
and possible particulate dispersion modeling
or hydrologic modeling.
While animal tagging has been commonplace
for decades, it is now possible to attach
electronic tags that can measure and record
animal condition, such as temperature or
heart rate. Elevated temperature can signal
estrus onset or a possible disease condition.
Electronic tags can also be used for identification
and marketing purposes.
Many feeding, measuring, and monitoring
systems have been developed or proposed for
aquacultural applications. Investments in
animal care and feeding during the course
of each animal's production life are significant.
New tools and technologies can help producers
capture a return on that investment.
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