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Ioannis Athanasiadis

Associate Professor
Laboratory of Geo-information Science and Remote Sensing
Wageningen University

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Big data for cow disease prediction

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Wageningen Talent Programme (awarded to D. Jenssen), 2013-2016
PI: H. Hogeveen.

The project’s aim was to create a reliable alarm system for detection of diseases in dairy cows, using large quantities of automatically collected milking data combined with manual registrations of multiple types of diseases. Earlier disease detection means better production, better animal welfare, more efficient treatment, and reduced antibiotics usage. Large quantities of data are collected during milking, however these are still not used optimally. In this project we had access to three large sets of high-quality cow-level data from the Netherlands, USA, and Denmark. The goal was to create dynamic models to describe data collected from healthy cows; use machine learning on the forecast errors of these models to predict specific problems and compare the performance of various methods. Our models were implemented on existing milking systems used in industry.