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Call for abstracts for EU-PLF conference in Copenhagen

The next EU-PLF conference will take place in Copenhagen, Denmark on 25th August 2014, within the 65th annual meeting of the EAAP. Deadline for submitting abstracts to the session on Precision Livestock Farming (PLF) is 1st March 2014.
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The EAAP annual meeting will include a joint session – co-organised by EU-PLF and the EAAP scientific committee – and an internal EU-PLF workshop (on invitation only). The joint session is identified as Session 21 in the scientific programme of the 65th annual meeting of the EAAP and is entitled ‘Precision Livestock Farming; making sense of sensors to support farm management’.  It will be chaired by Ilan Halachmi (A.R.O., The Volcani Center, Israel) and Hans Spoolder (Wageningen UR, The Netherlands) and will take place on the morning of Monday, the 25th from 8.30 to 12.30 in the Tivoli Congress Centre in Copenhagen (Denmark).

A call for abstracts was announced with a deadline of March 21. Abstracts for submissions should be for Session 21 Precision Livestock Farming; making sense of sensors to support farm management.

The link to the scientific programme can be found here. Instructions on how to submit abstracts can be found here.

The EU-PLF sponsored session includes two invited speakers, Daniel Berkmans (KU Leuven, Belgium) and Jeffrey Bewley (University of Kentucky, USA) who will present on the PLF landscape in Europe and in the USA, respectively. Ilan Halachmi will end the session with a discussion on “closing the loop”: the combination of cow individual body condition scoring, automatic disease detection and precision feeding in robotic milking.

The proposed content of the session is as follows:

  • Collection and real time interpretation; Animal sensing technology – start-up companies, matured industry, and university sensor development.
  • Applications of the data to improve management in cattle, pigs and poultry farming.
  • Added value to the farmer, food consumer (human), environment and the nearby rural community.

EAAP fellowships are available for early career scientists.

The session is the first ever joint venture between EU-PLF project and three Scientific commissions of the EAAP: Cattle Production, Pig Production, and Health and Welfare.

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