Precision livestock farming: scientific concepts and commercial reality

Banhazi, T. M. and Lehr, H. and Black, J. L. and Crabtree, H. and Schofield, P. and Tscharke, M. and Berckmans, D. (2011) Precision livestock farming: scientific concepts and commercial reality. In: XVth International Congress on Animal Hygiene: Animal Hygiene and Sustainable Livestock Production (ISAH 2011), 3-7 July 2011, Vienna, Austria .

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Precision Livestock Farming (PLF) is potentially one of the most powerful developments amongst a number of interesting new and upcoming technologies that have the potential to revolutionise the livestock farming industry. If properly implemented, PLF or Smart Farming could (1) improve or at least objectively document animal welfare on farms, (2) reduce GHG emission and improve environmental performance of farms, (3) facilitate product segmentation and better marketing of livestock products, (4) reduce illegal trading of livestock products and (5) improve the economic stability of rural areas. However, there are only a few examples of successful commercialisation of PLF technologies introduced by a small number of commercial companies which are actively involved in the PLF commercialisation process. To ensure that the potential of PLF is taken to the industry, we need to: (1) establish a new service industry, (2) verify, demonstrate and publicise the benefits of PLF, (3) better coordinate the efforts of different industry and academic organisations interested in the development and implementation of PLF technologies on farms, and (4) encourage commercial sector to assist with professionally managed product development.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Invited paper. No. 038. No evidence of copyright restrictions preventing deposit.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Agricultural, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Date Deposited: 14 Mar 2012 00:12
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2017 00:27
Uncontrolled Keywords: PLF, livestock
Fields of Research : 09 Engineering > 0999 Other Engineering > 099901 Agricultural Engineering
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970107 Expanding Knowledge in the Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences

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