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See detailLINKING CATTLE GRAZING BEHAVIOR TO METHANE AND CARBON DIOXIDE DYNAMICS
Blaise, Yannick ULg; Lebeau, Frédéric ULg; Andriamandroso, Andriamasinoro ULg et al

in Communications in Agricultural and Applied Biological Sciences (2016, February), 81(1), 107-112

Various methods are presently used to measure methane (CH4) emissions of ruminants on pasture. Those measurements are essential to evaluate nutritional strategies to mitigate enteric CH4 emissions as well ... [more ▼]

Various methods are presently used to measure methane (CH4) emissions of ruminants on pasture. Those measurements are essential to evaluate nutritional strategies to mitigate enteric CH4 emissions as well as addressing the selection of low producing individuals. On pasture and in the barn, variations in CH4 emissions are observed depending on the time of the day. However, no studies have been made to link these diurnal fluctuations to behavioural phases, especially on pasture. The aim of this study was to understand the individual dynamics of CH4 production and their links to the grazing behaviour. For this purpose, a new tool was specifically developed. Five red-pied dry cows were equipped with infrared CH4 and carbon dioxide (CO2) sensors measuring concentrations in the exhaled air at 4 Hz. The animals were equipped with a heart rate belt (HR) and motion sensors to detect their feeding behaviours (grazing vs. rumination) for periods of 8 h/d. Wind speed (WS) was also monitor to verify interference with sampled gas concentrations. Results showed that using the CH4:CO2 ratio reduced the interference with WS that was observed on raw CH4 and CO2 concentration signals. CH4:CO2 ratio average over 5 min periods indicated that CH4 emissions were lower during grazing than rumination (P<0.01). The eructation frequency during grazing (0.48 eructation/min, P<0.01) was also lower than during rumination (0.65 eructation/min). HR was higher during grazing that rumination. Because HR is usually linked to metabolic CO2 production intensity, hence influencing the denominator of the CH4:CO2 ratio, further investigation should focus on the quantification of changes in fermentative and metabolic CO2 emissions along the day to estimate total CH4 production more accurately and the relationship between CH4 emissions patterns and post-feeding times. [less ▲]

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See detailOUTDOOR MEASUREMENT OF CATTLE METHANE EMISSIONS USING THE EDDY-COVARIANCE TECHNIQUE IN COMBINATION WITH GEOLOCALIZATION DEVICES
Dumortier, Pierre ULg; Andriamandroso, Andriamasinoro ULg; Aubinet, Marc ULg et al

Poster (2016, February)

Methane emissions account for 8% of the EU-15 GHG emissions and livestock generates approximately half of these emissions [1]. In order to improve emissions reporting and properly test mitigation options ... [more ▼]

Methane emissions account for 8% of the EU-15 GHG emissions and livestock generates approximately half of these emissions [1]. In order to improve emissions reporting and properly test mitigation options, techniques for measuring methane emissions from cattle must be developed and adapted to each management system. Among available micrometeorological methods, the use of eddy-covariance is still in its infancy [2] and its relevance and robustness for cattle flux estimation has still to be proved. On one hand, it is well adapted to seasonal grazing systems, is non-invasive, needs little animal handling and allows detection of daily emission patterns. On the other hand, it has the drawback of requiring cattle geo-localization and long periods of measurements (typically one month). In this study, we combined measured CH4 fluxes with a footprint model [3] and cattle positions (GPS devices) over several one-month campaigns at key periods in the grazing season in order to obtain CH4 emissions per cow at herd scale. Accelerometers were also added to the system for behaviour detection, opening the possibility of linking emissions to feeding behaviour. Measurements were performed and are still ongoing at the Dorinne Terrestrial Observatory in 2014/2015. The first campaign provided a mean emission per cow of 65±6 kg CH4.LSU-1.year-1. Cattle emission pattern was tightly linked with behaviour pattern, emissions being higher during and shortly after grazing (i.e. at dawn and dusk). Uncertainties linked to the method will be discussed and quantified (footprint model validity, geo-localization precision, eddy covariance corrections and filtering specificities linked to CH4 measurements). Compilation of data from multiple campaigns will allow quantification of the effects of forage quality, animal weight and lactating state on emissions per cow. [less ▲]

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See detailÉtude des potentialités des systèmes d’application contrôlée des gouttes (CDA) pour les traitements phytosanitaires en céréaliculture (synthèse bibliographique)
Ouled Taleb Salah, Sofiene ULg; De Cock, Nicolas ULg; Massinon, Mathieu ULg et al

in Biotechnologie, Agronomie, Société et Environnement = Biotechnology, Agronomy, Society and Environment (2016)

Introduction. L’application contrôlée des gouttes (CDA) présente le double avantage de réduire à la fois l’étendue de la distribution des tailles des gouttes et le volume appliqué par rapport aux buses ... [more ▼]

Introduction. L’application contrôlée des gouttes (CDA) présente le double avantage de réduire à la fois l’étendue de la distribution des tailles des gouttes et le volume appliqué par rapport aux buses hydrauliques conventionnelles. Littérature. Cette revue investigue la potentialité de la CDA par rapport aux buses hydrauliques dans le cadre du désherbage précoce des adventices (2-3 feuilles). En termes de rétention, les études reliant les caractéristiques des gouttes (taille, vitesse et direction) et l’architecture, la densité et la mouillabilité du feuillage, en fonction de la formulation de bouillies, ont été abordées. Ces études montrent que des gouttes de 300 μm avec un adjuvant approprié et des jets émis 60° vers l’avant par rapport à la verticale contribuent à l’augmentation de la rétention sur les cibles problématiques à port dressé. L’effet des réductions des volumes d’application pour ces deux techniques est étudié sur base de la moyenne, du coefficient de variation et du taux de couverture des dépôts. Néanmoins, les résultats de ces études ne peuvent être généralisés du fait des différences de réglages opératoires entre les deux techniques d’application. Quant à la dérive, les atomiseurs CDA orientés horizontalement présentent un potentiel de dérive plus important que les buses hydrauliques pour lesquelles le spray est orienté vers le bas. La dérive augmente avec la vitesse du vent et diminue lorsque le diamètre médian volumétrique (DV50) augmente. Conclusions. De nouveaux réglages des atomiseurs de la CDA en termes de DV50 et de direction du jet peuvent répondre aux défis de l’agriculture de précision. Les pistes d’innovations proposées sont d’une part une amélioration de la résistance à l’usure des dents situées en bordure des disques et, d’autre part, une distribution granulométrique plus étroite. [less ▲]

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See detailTemperature and moisture storage in crop-based materials: Modelling a straw bale wall subject to a thermal shock
Dubois, Samuel ULg; Evrard, Arnaud ULg; Blecker, Christophe ULg et al

in Jounal of Building Physics (2016)

Modelling the hygrothermal behaviour of crop-based insulation products is essential to assess their impact on the energy performance of the building, predict indoor climate conditions, and prevent any ... [more ▼]

Modelling the hygrothermal behaviour of crop-based insulation products is essential to assess their impact on the energy performance of the building, predict indoor climate conditions, and prevent any risk of unexpected degradation. Traditionally, transient numerical models that predict internal conditions of construction materials consider that the variation of moisture storage with temperature is negligible although the sorp- tion behaviour is known to be temperature dependent. This paper investigates this par- ticular effect for crop-based materials and uses a refinement of standard mathematical representations. For this purpose, the effects of a thermal shock on the evolution of hygrothermal conditions inside a straw-bale wall are studied with several versions of a flexible research model. The latter is capable of incorporating the temperature depen- dency of the sorption curve with both a physically-based and an empirical description. A large climate chamber is used to gather experimental data and is able to host a full- size straw bale prefabricated panel. Internal conditions of straw bales are obtained with proper sensors bars. Results show that when large temperature gradients occur in a crop-based material, a model that considers temperature effect on moisture storage enhances greatly the prediction of internal conditions. [less ▲]

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See detailApplications de la terre crue en construction
Grigoletto, Sophie ULg; Paul, Julien; Lebeau, Frédéric ULg et al

Conference (2015, November 05)

L’utilisation de l’argile en construction permet d’atteindre des propriétés spécifiques en termes de résistance mécanique et d’inertie thermique. Les recherches menées à l’Université de Liège, en ... [more ▼]

L’utilisation de l’argile en construction permet d’atteindre des propriétés spécifiques en termes de résistance mécanique et d’inertie thermique. Les recherches menées à l’Université de Liège, en collaboration avec l’entreprise MOBIC, ont permis de développer des produits permettant l’amélioration de l’inertie thermique de panneaux à ossature bois. L’effet de l’apport de la couche d’inertie au sein des constructions à ossature bois a été quantifié expérimentalement par l’instrumentation de modules jumeaux de 20m². Cet effet sur le confort thermique a également été modélisé par des simulations thermiques en vue de quantifier les bénéfices sur les surchauffes en été, les réductions des consommations énergétiques en hiver pour divers scénarii au moyen d’un programme de simulation dynamique des échanges thermiques et des bilans d’énergie au sein de bâtiments [less ▲]

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See detailStraw-bale walls for sustainable architecture: Improving and promoting straw-bale use in European Buildings
Evrard, Arnaud; Biot, Benjamin; Keutgen, Gauthier et al

in Cucinella; Giulia (Eds.) Architecture in (R)Evolution (2015, September 09)

Straw-bale use in buildings may be an interesting way to decrease our energy needs and our impact on the environment. Moreover, it fosters a local economy and the creation of new jobs in the building ... [more ▼]

Straw-bale use in buildings may be an interesting way to decrease our energy needs and our impact on the environment. Moreover, it fosters a local economy and the creation of new jobs in the building industry. Combined with earth materials and other well-selected materials and systems, it allows creative designers to integrate highly efficient, low-tech and reusable envelopes in comfortable and healthy places. The present paper summarizes the results of a four year R&D program aiming to improve and promote the use of straw bale in buildings and also to remove uncertainties concerning this use. Three main aspects are pinpointed and discussed: hygrothermal transfer and storage in straw-bale walls, regulation of indoor conditions and environmental impact in the long term. These three topics were submitted to European experts (France, England and Germany) in order to discuss a cross-comparison of results obtained on a larger scale. The paper shows that straw-bale use in buildings is a relevant and innovative solution in facing one of the major challenges of today and tomorrow: "How to build/transform comfortable and affordable buildings with local resources and with a positive impact on the environment?". [less ▲]

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See detailChanges in biting characteristics recorded using the inertial measurement unit of a smartphone reflect differences in sward attributes
Andriamandroso, Andriamasinoro ULg; Lebeau, Frédéric ULg; Bindelle, Jérôme ULg

in Guarino, Marcella; Berckmans, Daniel (Eds.) Precision Livestock Farming '15 (2015, September)

Accurate monitoring of grazing activity at individual cow level would provide useful information to farmers to improve the management of their animals and pastures in intensive dairy systems. Pasture ... [more ▼]

Accurate monitoring of grazing activity at individual cow level would provide useful information to farmers to improve the management of their animals and pastures in intensive dairy systems. Pasture attributes, starting with sward height, influence grazing behaviour and bites characteristics. In an attempt to link sward height to an individual automated detection of biting behaviour, a series of recording sessions of 4×3 days were realized on a ryegrass pasture with two contrasting heights (5 and 15 cm) over the grazing season (from July to October) with 4 dry red-pied cows equipped with the inertial measurement unit (IMU) of a smartphone on a halter, recording acceleration data at 100Hz. The behaviours were video-recorded. The number of grazing bouts performed during grazing trends to increase when the grass is highest. Fourier transforms of acceleration data showed that grazing bouts were characterized by a distinctive acceleration peak which frequency ranged between 1.02Hz and 1.46Hz whatever the sward height. It corresponded to the uprooting of grass frequency in the biting movement when compared with the observation in the video recordings and it could be used to improve automated grazing behaviour detection and to remotely characterize bites. These results show that some bite characteristics are influenced by sward height and automated individual monitoring of grazing behaviour is possible. An extension of this methodology should allow analysing more deeply the grazing behaviour of cattle in order to determine number of bites and possibly to link it to biomass intake. [less ▲]

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See detailDrop size distribution measurement of ISO nozzles by shadowgraphy method
De Cock, Nicolas ULg; Massinon, Mathieu ULg; Ouled Taleb Salah, Sofiene ULg et al

in Drop size distribution measurement of ISO nozzles by shadowgraphy method (2015, May 19)

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See detailSpray retention variaility by barley
Boukhalfa, Hassina dite Hafida ULg; Lebeau, Frédéric ULg

Conference (2015, May 19)

The effectiveness of a phytosanitary treatment depends on the amount of product actually retained by the plant leaves relative to the volume per hectare applied. Parameters affecting spray retention ... [more ▼]

The effectiveness of a phytosanitary treatment depends on the amount of product actually retained by the plant leaves relative to the volume per hectare applied. Parameters affecting spray retention include application variables such as nozzle type, operating pressure and formulation, and target properties such as species and growth stage. These variables condition more specific parameters such as the number of droplet impacts by unit area of leaf, the droplet size and velocity distributions at impact, droplet physicochemical properties (dynamic surface tension and viscosity) for the application variables and leaf wettability and plant architecture for the target. During a uniform treatment of the crop, each plant receives various droplet distributions that behave differently during impact depending on its architecture. In consequence, this contributes to increase the varying retentions observed between plants in field trials, leading in practice to apply an amount of product always greater than required to provide the level of crop protection needed for insuring high yields. The aim of this paper is to observe the retention variability that can occur during a treatment depending on the equipment, tank mix formulation and crop properties. The spray retention variability was assessed for three tank mix formulations: tap water, tap water with break thru, and tap water with Li700. For each formulation ten sprays were realized on five barley plants at the two leaves growth stage (BBCH stage 12) grown indoor in controlled conditions and ten sprays realized on individual barley plants at the same growth stage. The amount of spray actually retained by barley plants was assessed by dosing a fluorescent tracer added to the mixtures. Barley plants were placed linearly below the center of a moving nozzle at the speed of 2m/s using a pressure of 2 bars. The last step was measuring leaf area for each spray and calculating the amount of sprays retained by barley plants to determine the variability of spray retention. [less ▲]

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See detailDrift potential of tilted shielded rotary atomisers based on wind tunnel measurements
Ouled Taleb Salah, Sofiene ULg; Massinon, Mathieu ULg; De Cock, Nicolas ULg et al

in 67th International Symposium on Crop Protection (2015, May 19)

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See detailComputer simulations of spray retention by a 3D barley plant: effect of formulation surface tension
Massinon, Mathieu ULg; De Cock, Nicolas ULg; Ouled Taleb Salah, Sofiene ULg et al

in 67th International Symposium on Crop Protection (2015, May 19)

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See detailDrift of tilted shielded rotary atomisers based on wind tunnel measurements
Ouled Taleb Salah, Sofiene ULg; Massinon, Mathieu ULg; De Cock, Nicolas ULg et al

in Proceedings of International Symposium on Crop Protection Ghent 2015 (2015)

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See detailStudy of retention variability on an early growth stage herbaceous plant using a 3D virtual spraying model
Massinon, Mathieu ULg; Dumont, Benjamin ULg; De Cock, Nicolas ULg et al

in Crop Protection (2015), 78

A model predicting the spray droplet interception and retention by a single virtual plant has been developed. The model was based on three main experimental inputs: the 3D architecture of a barley plant ... [more ▼]

A model predicting the spray droplet interception and retention by a single virtual plant has been developed. The model was based on three main experimental inputs: the 3D architecture of a barley plant, the spray quality and the droplet impact behavior. Two contrasted formulation scenarios, limits of the common range covered by pesticide application in terms of surface tension, were tested by changing the droplet behavior at impact in the model. Simulations were undertaken for studying the variability of spray retention resulting from spray quality, applied volume and plant size for a difficult-to-treat target. Results showed that the spray retention efficiency ranged from 6.8% to 96.6% of a theoretical full adhesion scenario, where all intercepted droplets were captured, according to spray quality for the two formulation scenarios tested. Average retention increased with increasing spray fineness, applied volume per hectare and plant size. Variability of deposits, evaluated using the coefficient of variation of simulated retentions, was found to be a function of the mean droplet density according to CV∝N^(-0.68), where CV is the coefficient of variation and N the number of droplet per square centimeter. Variability was also found to be a function of the plant size according to a relation CV∝S^(-0.5), where S is the total leaf area of the plant model. The variability of deposits increased with decreasing spray fineness, applied volume per hectare and plant size because of the reduced number of droplets contributing to retention. Wetting properties greatly influenced retention but surprisingly poorly influenced the variability of deposits. Such a modeling approach that is capable of an independent investigation of the influence of various parameters on spray retention can be used to improve understanding of application methods and adjuvants that could help minimizing development of resistance in problematic weed species. [less ▲]

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See detailFirst monitoring results of three straw bale buildings in Belgium
Evrard, Arnaud; Dubois, Samuel ULg; Louis, Arnaud et al

Conference (2014, December 13)

Straw bale use in buildings may be an interesting way to decrease our energy needs and our impact on environment. The present paper describes an experimental set up to monitor three straw bale buildings ... [more ▼]

Straw bale use in buildings may be an interesting way to decrease our energy needs and our impact on environment. The present paper describes an experimental set up to monitor three straw bale buildings recently built in Belgium. For each building, results on temperature and relative humidity, inside and outside, are analyzed, as well as internal evolution of temperature and humidity distribution in the walls. The first building is an office building where two finishing are compared. Measurements also provide additional data on CO2 levels and electric consumption. The two other buildings are dwellings where live one single family. In the first one, a wall in the bedroom and a retaining wall are analyzed. In the second one, a wall in the bedroom and a wall in the bathroom are analyzed. Their hygrothermal behavior is discussed based on simulation results obtained with WUFI Pro and WUFI Plus software. The criterion for the validation of wall behavior is based on water content distribution through the walls. The paper confirms the great potential of this type of building technology and helps to identify how to assess and validate their effective hygrothermal behavior. [less ▲]

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See detailAn inverse modelling approach to estimate the hygric parameters of clay-based masonry during a Moisture Buffer Value test
Dubois, Samuel ULg; McGregor, Fionn; Evrard, Arnaud et al

in Building & Environment (2014), 81

This paper presents an inverse modelling approach for parameter estimation of a model dedicated to the description of moisture mass transfer in porous hygroscopic building materials. The hygric behaviour ... [more ▼]

This paper presents an inverse modelling approach for parameter estimation of a model dedicated to the description of moisture mass transfer in porous hygroscopic building materials. The hygric behaviour of unfired clay-based masonry samples is specifically studied here and the Moisture Buffer Value (MBV) protocol is proposed as a data source from which it is possible to estimate several parameters at once. Those include materials properties and experimental parameters. For this purpose, the mass of two clay samples with different compositions is continuously monitored during several consecutive humidity cycles in isothermal conditions. Independently of these dynamic experimental tests, their moisture storage and transport parameters are measured with standard steady-state methods. A simple moisture transfer model developed in COMSOL Multiphysics is used to predict the moisture uptake/release behaviour during the MBV tests. The set of model parameters values that minimizes the difference between simulated and experimental results is then automatically estimated using an inverse modelling algorithm based on Bayesian techniques. For materials properties, the optimized parameters values are compared to values that were experimentally measured in steady state. And because a precise understanding of parameters is needed to assess the confidence in the inverse modelling results, a sensitivity analysis of the model is also provided. [less ▲]

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See detailThe impact and retention of spray droplets on a horizontal hydrophobic surface
Zwertvaegher, Ingrid; Verhaeghe, Micheline; Brusselman, Eva et al

in Biosystems Engineering (2014), 126

Spray retention, i.e. the overall capture of spray droplets by plants on initial or subsequent impact, and after loss due to run-off, is an important stage in the spray application process as droplet ... [more ▼]

Spray retention, i.e. the overall capture of spray droplets by plants on initial or subsequent impact, and after loss due to run-off, is an important stage in the spray application process as droplet losses may result in reduced efficacy, economic loss, and environmental contamination. The aim of this exploratory study is to determine whether a new method based on calculating the volumetric proportions per impact type, i.e. adhesion, rebound and shatter, can be used to predict spray retention. These volumetric proportions are calculated based on logistic regression models, derived from vision-based droplet characteristics and impact assessments, and laser-based spray characteristics. The advantages and limitations of such a method are explored. The volumetric proportions per impact type on a horizontal, synthetic hydrophobic surface were determined for four different nozzles (XR 110 01 VS flat-fan nozzle, XR 110 04 VS flat-fan nozzle, XR 110 08 VS flat-fan nozzle and AI 110 08 VS air-induction nozzle) under controlled realistic conditions, and compared to the results of a retention test. The volumetric proportions of adhesion were much lower than the relative retentions, indicating that a considerable amount of rebound and shatter also contributed to final retention. The method should thus be improved by including the droplets retained after first impact and the retained proportions of partial droplet fragmentation but it is nevertheless considered a promising technique. [less ▲]

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See detailNon-isothermal moisture balance equation in porous media: a review of mathematical formulations in Building Physics
Dubois, Samuel ULg; Lebeau, Frédéric ULg; Evrard, Arnaud ULg

in Biotechnologie, Agronomie, Société et Environnement = Biotechnology, Agronomy, Society and Environment [=BASE] (2014), 18(3),

Understanding heat and mass transfers in porous materials is crucial in many areas of scientific research. Mathematical models have constantly evolved, their differences lying mainly in the choice of the ... [more ▼]

Understanding heat and mass transfers in porous materials is crucial in many areas of scientific research. Mathematical models have constantly evolved, their differences lying mainly in the choice of the driving potentials used to describe moisture flows, as well as in the complexity of characterizing the physical phenomena involved. Models developed in the field of Building Physics (HAM models) are used to describe the behavior of envelope parts and assess their impact on user comfort and energy performance. The water balance equation can be described in many ways; it is a function of the boundary conditions considered and the fact they induce high or low water content in the porous materials used. This paper gives an overview of various formulations for this equation that are found in the Building Physics literature. It focuses first on the physically based formulation of moisture balance, drawing on the Representative Elementary Volume (REV) concept, coupled with thermodynamic flow rates description. This is then reformulated in line with various main moisture state variables offering a wide variety of expressions that are compared with available models. This approach provides access to all secondary transport coefficients associated with the process of mathematical transformation. Particular emphasis is placed on the moisture storage function choice and its impact on the final mathematical formulations. [less ▲]

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See detailAccurate monitoring of the rumination behaviour of cattle using IMU signals from a mobile device
Andriamandroso, Andriamasinoro ULg; Lebeau, Frédéric ULg; Bindelle, Jérôme ULg

in Hopkins, A; Collins, RP; Fraser, MD (Eds.) et al EGF at 50: The Future of European Grasslands. Proceedings of the 25th General Meeting of the European Grassland Federation. (2014, September)

Improving the monitoring of rumination in cattle could help in assessing of the welfare status and their risk of acidosis. In this work, the monitoring of cattle’s behaviour was performed using the ... [more ▼]

Improving the monitoring of rumination in cattle could help in assessing of the welfare status and their risk of acidosis. In this work, the monitoring of cattle’s behaviour was performed using the inertial measurement unit (IMU) present in smartphones mounted on the neck of cows. The processing of both time and frequency domains of the IMU signals was capable to detect accurately the main behaviours (grazing, rumination and other) and highlight the characteristics of the rumination process. The algorithm for analysis of rumination was more accurate for grazing cattle than for silage-fed cattle in stables. [less ▲]

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