Protocol for validation of infrared (IR) camera to detect disease in male dairy calves

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2019-05-13

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Goetz, H.
Kelton, D. F.
Costa, J. H. C.
Winder, C. B.
Steele, M. A.
Renaud, D. L.

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The objectives of this prospective longitudinal cohort study are to compare the results from infrared thermography (IRT) and rectal thermography over the first week after arrival to a veal facility, determine the utility of IRT in identifying high-risk calves, and determine the ideal day after arrival to collect body temperature to maximize sensitivity and specificity in identifying calves at high-risk to die or be treated for disease.The hypothesis is that IRT will accurately identify calves at high-risk to die,or be treated for disease, with better accuracy than temperatures collected with a rectal thermometer.

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infrared thermography, rectal thermography, calves, body temperature, high-risk calves, disease

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