Measurements of peripheral and deep body temperature in cattle - A review

Dorota Godyń , Piotr Herbut , Sabina Angrecka


Automation of the measurement of the physiological and behavioural parameters of livestock has become an important goal for both scientists and farmers. Accurate data and knowledge about farmed animals, especially in cattle breeding, are needed. Proper early diagnosis of a cow's health status in real time allows for preventing the development of infection, oestrus detection and leads to reduced environmental stress. Thus, it contributes to more effective herd management. Among the physiological parameters, body temperature and its fluctuations are key indicators of health and well-being in animals. Currently, along with the development of technical solutions and their implementation, increasingly more attention is being paid to the continuously measurement of body core and peripheral temperature in animals. Recently there has been an increased number of publications devoted to this subject. However, there is a need to systematise this knowledge as these studies have had different purposes, have been performed in various environmental conditions, and the measurements were taken using different methods and equipment. As such, the results obtained by the different authors often may not be comparable. For this reason, this paper has two main purposes: to present the most widely used continuous methods of peripheral and body core temperature measurement, and to show its references values which characterise the individual locations of the cattle body in thermoneutral ambient. An analysis of the professional publications regarding measurements of peripheral and deep body temperature led to the conclusion that these methods have high research and diagnostic potential. However, it is necessary to standardised research to enable better and more comparable results, including among others; different cattle groups, animal age, health and environmental conditions.
Author Dorota Godyń
Dorota Godyń,,
, Piotr Herbut (FoEEaLS / DoRC)
Piotr Herbut,,
- Department of Rural Construction
, Sabina Angrecka (FoEEaLS / DoRC)
Sabina Angrecka,,
- Department of Rural Construction
Journal seriesJournal of Thermal Biology, ISSN 0306-4565, (N/A 70 pkt)
Issue year2019
Publication size in sheets0.5
Keywords in EnglishCattle, Skin, Body core, Temperature values
ASJC Classification1100 General Agricultural and Biological Sciences; 1303 Biochemistry; 1309 Developmental Biology; 1314 Physiology
Internal identifierWIŚIG/2019/6
Languageen angielski
Score (nominal)70
Score sourcejournalList
Publication indicators WoS Citations = 1; Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2018 = 1.032; WoS Impact Factor: 2018 = 1.902 (2) - 2018=2.29 (5)
Citation count*7 (2020-04-04)
Additional fields
FinansowanieThis work was supported by funding from statutory activity of National Research Institute of Animal Production in Poland (grant no. 01-12-04-11).
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