Advanced course on Precision Livestock Farming (PLF) at IAMZ-CIHEAM in April 2019

20 June 2018

An advanced course on Precision Livestock Farming (PLF) will be held in Zaragoza (Spain) in April 2019. The University of Copenhagen (Denmark), KU Leuven (Belgium), Supagro Montpellier (France), Agroscope (Switzerland), UAB (Spain) and the Volcani Center (Israel) will contribute by providing scientific support in terms of contents and lecturers.

A one-week training course will be organized at the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Zaragoza (IAMZ-CIHEAM) next April 2019 on different aspects related to Precision Livestock Farming.

The demand for products of animal origin is increasing year by year and is related to the growing world population and changes in food consumption patterns. FAO expects that the worldwide demand for animal products will increase by 75% by 2050. Consumers increasingly demand healthy food, animal welfare, sustainability and traceability. At the same time economic considerations frequently lead to significant intensification. Even if PLF applications are often associated with intensification, we will demonstrate that PLF also offers solutions for extensive systems in harsh environments and for small scale farming.

PLF comprises systems and technologies to remotely monitor grouped or individual animals. It provides information that enables the highest quality husbandry leading to good health and welfare and sustainable and efficient productivity. A wide range of technologies can be used to continuously record real-time data by using modern information and communication technologies (ICT), such as sensors, cameras, microphones, wireless networks, etc.

Early this month, a preparatory discussion was held with the participation of the local organizers and representatives from The University of Copenhagen (Denmark), KU Leuven (Belgium), Supagro Montpellier (France), Agroscope (Switzerland), UAB (Spain) and the Volcani Center (Israel) to prepare the preliminary draft of the program.

More detailed info will be available soon on the website of IAMZ-CIHEAM: