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BovineTalk

There is a critical need to develop and validate non-invasive animal-based indicators of affective states in livestock species, in order to integrate them into on-farm assessment protocols, potentially via the use of precision livestock farming (PLF) tools. One such promising approach is the use of vocal indicators. The acoustic structure of vocalizations and their functions were extensively studied in important livestock species, such as pigs, horses, poultry and goats, yet cattle remain understudied in this context to date.

 

Cows were shown to produce two types of vocalizations:

  • Low-frequency calls (LF), produced with the mouth closed, or partially closed, for close distance contacts and open mouth emitted.

  • High-frequency calls (HF), produced for long distance communication, considered to be largely associated with negative affective states.

 

Moreover, cattle vocalizations were shown to contain information on individuality across a wide range of contexts, both negative and positive. Nowadays, dairy cows are facing a series of negative challenges and stressors in a typical production cycle, making vocalizations during negative affective states of special interest for research. We provide in a GitLab repository the largest to date pre-processed (clean from noises) dataset of n=20 lactating adult multiparous dairy cows during negative affective states induced by visual isolation challenges.

For more details on our study, please see our research paper. If you intend to use our dataset in a scientific publication, please acknowledge the Tech4Animals Lab at the University of Haifa, the Cattle Production Systems Laboratory, Research and Development Institute for Bovine, Balotesti, Romania, and cite the paper when published.

 

Data was collected by Dr. Dinu Gavojdian and DVM Madalina Mincu, Cattle Production Systems Laboratory, Research and Development Institute for Bovine, Balotesti, Romania.

Project Team

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Ariel Oren

Master Student, Tech4Animals Lab, University of Haifa

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Dr. Teddy Lazebnik

Post-doc @ UCL

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Dr. Dinu Gavojdian
Cattle Production Systems Laboratory, Research & Development Institute for Bovine

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DVM Madalina Mincu
Cattle Production Systems Laboratory, Research & Development Institute for Bovine

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Prof. Anna Zamansky

University of Haifa

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