Predicting bull mounting behavior using classification algorithms
Keywords:bull mounting, reproductive, beef cattle, records, animal behavior, accelerometer data, algorithm
Data from multiple-sire beef cattle pastures have shown variability exists among the number of calves sired per bull. The reason(s) for the variability is unknown. Successful investigation of possible reasons requires accurate recording and evaluation of bull behavior. The purpose of this study was to assess the accuracy of classifying bull mounting events in a multiple-sire pasture using accelerometer data and classification algorithms.