Project: ICT in large and small dairy systems.

This multidisciplinary project seeks to integrate and extend existing state of the art technologies to ensure sustainable and responsible management of dairy units, with focus on cow health, milk quality and reduced emissions. We shall focus on milk metabolomic methods for determination of metabolic health, biomarker technologies for assessment of systemic health and accelerometer collars for measuring various activities including feeding behaviour, and hence intake. We shall also have access to NIR technology for feed quality assessment and rumen-bolus technology for measurment of rumen pH. We have advanced teleonomic technologies that will enable us to integrate these input data into decision support tools. Our technologies will monitor animals and environment, detect deviations from the normal state and either respond automatically to restore the normal state or issue an alert to husbandry staff. We have access to a range of dairy units for evaluation of the technologies.

Acronym DairyICT
Duration 01/04/2013 - 31/03/2016
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Network ICT-AGRI
Call ICT and Automation for a Greener Agriculture

Project partner

Number Name Role Country
Aarhus University - Department of Animal Science Denmark
Agriculture and Food Development Authority Ireland
Joint Research Unit INRA / Agrocampus Ouest - Joint research unit on Dairy Production France
University of Bern - Vetsuisse Faculty Switzerland
University of Copenhagen - Department of Veterinary Clinical and Animal Sciences Coordinator Denmark
University of Kent - School of Anthropology & Conservation United Kingdom
University of Newcastle - School of Agriculture, Food & Rural Development United Kingdom
University of Padua - Department of Animal Medicine, Production and Health Italy
University of Strathclyde - Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering United Kingdom