Development of a decision support system for animal health management using geo-information technology: a novel approach to precision livestock management

Sudhanshu S. Panda, Thomas H. Terrill, Aftab Siddique, Ajit K. Mahapatra, Eric R. Morgan, Andres A. Pech-Cervantes, Jan A. Van Wyk

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Abstract

Livestock management is challenging for resource-poor (R-P) farmers due to unavailability of quality feed, limited professional advice, and rumor-spreading about animal health condition in a herd. This research seeks to improve animal health in southern Africa by promoting sericea lespedeza (Lespedeza cuneata), a nutraceutical forage legume. An automated geospatial model for precision agriculture (PA) can identify suitable locations for its cultivation. Additionally, a novel approach of radio-frequency identifier (RFID) supported telemetry technology can track animal movement, and the analyses of data using artificial intelligence can determine sickness of small ruminants. This RFID-based system is being connected to a smartphone app (under construction) to alert farmers of potential livestock health issues in real time so they can take immediate corrective measures. An accompanying Decision Support System (DSS) site is being developed for R-P farmers to obtain all possible support on livestock production, including the designed PA and RFID-based DSS.
Original languageEnglish
Article number696
Number of pages19
JournalAgriculture
Volume14
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 28 Apr 2024

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