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Bovine Facial Identification Using a Cell Phone Ap Will Soon Be Available Says KSU Animal Scientist KC Olson

Mon, 05 Oct 2020 08:40:48 CDT

Bovine Facial Identification Using a Cell Phone Ap Will Soon Be Available Says KSU Animal Scientist KC Olson Bovine facial identification could soon become common on farms and ranches says KC Olson, Kansas State University Research and Extension animal scientist.

No, this is not just looking at old black baldy over there and noticing she has a scar on her face, or that cow with the notched ear and white spot on its forehead.

Olson said technology is now available to go beyond what the human eye can see, or canít see, and accurately identify animals.

Olson said the technology is building on human facial recognition and bringing it into the animal kingdom.

That technology is based on the shape of the human head, Olson said, using intricate measurements of the human face to put a permanent identification on a human being.

It is already being used in secure locations such as airports.

That technology is capable of 100 percent accuracy, he said.

The thinking here is why couldnít we have something like that for beef cattle we could use for a national disease traceability system, he said.

He worked with colleagues in the KSU veterinary medicine and computer science departments

They gathered 1,000 short videos of feeder cattle restrained in a chute and the information was loaded into a neuro network based on artificial intelligence (AI).

These results were encouraging enough to develop a cell phone ap, Olson said.

Producers can position the cell phone camera in the front of the animal, the ap will automatically take a series of photos with GPS and date stamp on each photo, Olson said.

The information is uploaded to a database in the cloud.

The KSU animal scientist said the technology will be commercialized this fall and possibly before 2021, producers could add birthweights, vaccination history and other information.

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