Development of a Low-Cost GPS Herd Activity And Welfare Kit (HAWK) For Livestock Monitoring

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2005-05-01
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Davis, J.
Darr, M.
Xin, H.
Harmon, J.
Brown-Brandl, T.
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Harmon, Jay
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Darr, Matthew
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Xin, Hongwei
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Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering

Since 1905, the Department of Agricultural Engineering, now the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering (ABE), has been a leader in providing engineering solutions to agricultural problems in the United States and the world. The department’s original mission was to mechanize agriculture. That mission has evolved to encompass a global view of the entire food production system–the wise management of natural resources in the production, processing, storage, handling, and use of food fiber and other biological products.

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In 1905 Agricultural Engineering was recognized as a subdivision of the Department of Agronomy, and in 1907 it was recognized as a unique department. It was renamed the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering in 1990. The department merged with the Department of Industrial Education and Technology in 2004.

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  • Department of Agricultural Engineering (1907–1990)

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The objective of this study was to develop a low-cost, automatic and continuous Herd Activity and Welfare Kit (HAWK). The operational goal for the GPS HAWK was to collect GPS positions and analog sensor data at a user-specified sampling frequency and store it in a secure format. The GPS HAWK uses a Garmin 12-channel, WAAS corrected, low-power GPS receiver with(0-5V single-ended, 10-bit resolution) analog to digital (A/D) conversion channels as well as 16 general purpose I/O pins that can be configured for digital operations or serial communication. Data is stored to an EEPROM device and offloaded daily to a 32MB Compact Flash memory card. Power is supplied using a 6VDC, 7.2Ah sealed lead acid battery. The GPS HAWK was enclosed in a weatherproof enclosure and mounted above the shoulders to provide better satellite visibility to the receiver and to prevent contact with concrete feed bunks in confined animal feeding studies.

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This proceeding is from Proceedings of the Seventh International Symposium, 18-20 May 2005 (Beijing, China) Publication Date 18 May 2005. Paper No. 701P0205.

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