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Classification of vitamin A deficiency levels by ocular changes in Japanese black cattle

Author:
Han, Shuqing, Kondo, Naoshi, Ogawa, Yuichi, Suzuki, Tetsuhito, Fukushima, Moriyuki, Kohama, Namiko, Fujiura, Tateshi, Zhang, Jianhua, Kong, Fantao, Wu, Jianzhai
Source:
Biosystems engineering 2018 v.173 pp. 71-78
ISSN:
1537-5110
Subject:
cameras, cattle, color, eyes, farm management, farmers, vitamin A, vitamin A deficiency
Abstract:
To help Japanese black cattle farmers diagnose vitamin A deficiency (VAD) levels in cattle, eye images of 40 cattle were recorded monthly during their vitamin A manipulated period using a 2-CCD camera. Ocular features extracted from images, including pupil colour, pupillary light reflex and light reflection, were investigated. Multivariate classification methods (SIMCA and PLS-DA) were used to classify cattle into mild, moderate and severe VAD groups. Five variables (r, I, CA, IPR, I_RFL) were used for classification. The mild and severe VAD groups could be classified with over 85% correct classification rate. However, the moderate VAD group could not be discriminated adequately. A VAD index was developed and proven to be effective in representing VAD status. The results showed the potential for ocular changes to be utilised as an aid to farm management.