Cow identification network trained with similarity learning

Ulrichsen, Alexander and Murray, Paul and Marshall, Stephen and Lee, Brian and Rutter, Mark (2022) Cow identification network trained with similarity learning. In: European Conference on Precision Livestock Farming, 2022-08-29 - 2022-09-02. (In Press)

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Cow identification is a key phase in automated processing of cow video footage for behavioural analysis. Previous cow identification works have achieved up to 97.01% accuracy on 45 cows and 94.7% on datasets containing up to 200 cows. This paper presents new results from applying similarity learning to a cow identification Convolutional Neural Network on a group of 537 cows. Our method achieves identification accuracy of up to 99.3% and generalizes well to new cows, eliminating the need for retraining every time a new cow is added to the heard.


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