Relating flock activity levels to odour variations in tunnel ventilated broiler sheds - preliminary results

Atzeni, Michael and Sohn, Jae-Ho and Hancock, Nigel and Banhazi, Thomas (2011) Relating flock activity levels to odour variations in tunnel ventilated broiler sheds - preliminary results. In: SEAg 2011: Diverse Challenges, Innovative Solutions, 29-30 Sep 2011, Gold Coast, Australia.

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Malodorous emissions are an inevitable part of intensive livestock production. Emissions fluctuate and their impacts are subject to the surrounding topography and the vagaries of the weather. When handling odour complaints, regulatory authorities are often faced with the dilemma of assessing situations after the fact and without any supporting data. Recent developments in electronic nose technology have enabled continuous in-shed measurement of odour in broiler sheds which can help identify periods of elevated odour concentration (odour spikes). The issue then is to determine what causes these odour spikes. Increased flock activity is one possible cause. This paper examines the concept of using machine vision-derived activity indices to help characterise these odour spikes and delineate between normal odour emission levels and emissions directly attributable to increased flock activity. The implication of these findings is that odour control should include monitoring flock activity levels and taking action to minimise or prevent hyperactivity in the flock, especially at those critical times of the day when emissions are most likely to impact on neighbours and result in complaints.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Publisher does not formally support archiving. EA membership required for access. CD of papers provided by T. Banhazi 16/4/12 HH
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - No Department
Date Deposited: 16 Mar 2012 04:46
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2017 00:43
Uncontrolled Keywords: air quality; odour; ventilation; poultry; broiler sheds; machine vision; activity index; artificial olfaction
Fields of Research : 12 Built Environment and Design > 1204 Engineering Design > 120402 Engineering Design Knowledge
07 Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences > 0702 Animal Production > 070203 Animal Management
09 Engineering > 0999 Other Engineering > 099901 Agricultural Engineering
Socio-Economic Objective: B Economic Development > 83 Animal Production and Animal Primary Products > 8398 Environmentally Sustainable Animal Production > 839801 Management of Gaseous Waste from Animal Production (excl. Greenhouse Gases)

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