Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Albrecht Daniel Thaer-Institute of Agricultural and Horticultural Sciences

CalfLife- Observer

Development of an energy-self-sufficient multiparametric sensor system for continuous monitoring of the behavior and health status of calves and young cattle      

Healthy, well-developed calves and young cattle are the most important prerequisite for a successful and economical use of the animals in the calf and cattle fattening, but also in the rearing of dairy cows. Factors such as animal health, performance and longevity are significantly influenced by the care of the young calf.

Through measures to optimize animal health in the rearing area of dairy cattle farms, the basis for healthy and long-lasting animals can thus be laid.

Against this background, this research project aims to develop a practical sensor system that enables continuous animal-specific detection and quanti-fication of animal health.

The overall objective of the project is the development of an ethological parameter-based monitoring system for calf and young cattle rearing, which enables the early detection of health problems.

For this, the competences of the cooperation partners in the areas of research, sensor and plastics technology as well as electronics are used.

At the Department of Animal Husbandry Systems and Process Engineering at the Humboldt University in Berlin, the procedure for the automated detection and assessment of animal-specific changes in behavioral and health conditions will be developed.


Central Innovation Programme for SMEs (ZIM) of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) - Funding module: Networks (ProtecTier)

Project partners:

Frankenförder Forschungsgesellschaft mbH, FiberCheck GmbH, LSE – Lightweight Structures Engineering GmbH, MasterSolution AG


multiparameter measuring unit, sensor housing, relay station for data transmission, software tools for data acquisition and evaluation

Processing time:

2017 - 2020

Project Manager:

Dr. Manfred Krocker

Project agent:

Dr. Mihaiela Rus