The application of advanced information and communication technologies (ICT) allows for intense monitoring of various livestock species and their surroundings. Improving the economic and environmental viability of livestock farms.
The air quality and thermal environment in livestock buildings have an impact on the biological and economic efficiency of livestock production and the environmental liability of farms.
If social barriers for technology adoption are identified and eliminated, a greater level of technology adoption can be achieved on farms.
(Digitalisation Data Integration Detection and Decision Support in Dairying)
Digitalisation in agriculture is a rapidly growing field. But digitalisation also means an enormous accumulation of data. In order to be able to use this information for the benefit of farmers, veterinarians, consultants, processors and other partners along the milk value chain, D4Dayri’s main objective was to link data and know-how from company and scientific partners. Using state-of-the-art data analysis methods (Big Data, Mid Infra-Red Spectra, etc.) new insights into the practical benefits for farmers and partners along the dairy value chain were explored.
Pig producers have limited opportunities and technologies available for the continuous monitoring of their animals. The combination of the building environment, feed intake and average daily weight gain monitoring provide a real-time decision-making system for livestock producers for increased production efficiency, better risk management, detection of suboptimal health and welfare indicators. The developed system is applicable to intensive pig and poultry production therefore it is suitable for multi species intensive farming managers.
EU PLF (2012-2016)
The main objective of EU PLF was to make PLF installations operational on commercial farms for 3 different species; broilers, fattening pigs and dairy. The project aimed to make participating farmers familiar with the installations and analyse how they experienced the new technologies. The results were evaluated from the automated PLF system. Human experts assessed the animals during each production period using the Welfare Quality protocols as a reference. All these efforts were brought together to realise the main objective, which was to deliver a PLF Blueprint for farmers on how to install and use these technologies.
All Smart Pigs (2012-2014)
All Smart Pigs aimed at demonstrating the viability of smart farming technologies in European pig farming. The project used a process of open invitation through a LivingLab (LL) to co-create smart farming applications, ready for commercialisation on European pig farms. These applications were provided by innovative SMEs and were tested and validated in All Smart Pigs with their technological prototypes and services in real life conditions together with pig farmers and other stakeholders. The project indicators identified health, feed usage, growth rate and environmental conditions as key parameters to monitor in this project.
Bright Animal (2009-2011)
The European Union funded Coordination and Support Action ‘BRIGHTANIMALS’ was set to assess what has been achieved so far in PLF (Precision Livestock Farming) and to highlight needs for further research in the area. The goal of BRIGHTANIMALS was to identify practical and acceptable PLF technologies. This has been performed with a multidisciplinary team of experts from all five continents. In particular the project team included experts on business and ethics as well as biologists and engineers.
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