Animal exhalation monitoring

  • US 6,129,680 A
  • Filed: 12/18/1997
  • Issued: 10/10/2000
  • Est. Priority Date: 06/19/1995
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
First Claim
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1. Apparatus for collecting an exhalation sample from a ruminant animal comprising a housing having an inlet and an outlet;

  • a flow path from the inlet to the outlet;

    a device for introducing the sample into the apparatus and a device for expelling the sample from the apparatus;

    wherein the device for introducing the sample into the apparatus includes a sensor for distinguishing between rumen gas and exhalation from the animal'"'"'s lungs; and

    a device for facilitating flow of the sample into the apparatus, said flow facilitating device being operatively connected to said sensor whereby flow into the apparatus is facilitated when an exhalation from the animal'"'"'s lungs is detected, but not when an emission of rumen gas is detected.

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