Precision Livestock Farming (PLF) is based on the philosophy that fully automated continuous monitoring of animals enables farmers to monitor the health and welfare status of their animals continuously and automatically. PLF exists to better inform farmers on the current status of the animals and their environment and help them make quick and evidence-based decisions to adjust to changes in animal requirements. However, while a lot of technology already exists on farms currently, it is generally focussed on optimising/automating of the process for labour reduction, rather than focusing on the needs of the animal, the central part of the process. The latest technology now makes it possible to use cameras, microphones and sensors sufficiently close to, and sometimes on, the animal so that they can in effect replace the farmers’ eyes and ears in everyday farming. Therefore, engineering advances are necessary to ensure that PLF can enable an animal-centric livestock production into the future.
PLF research is focussed on the development of technology and tools for on-line, continuous, monitoring of animals. Precision Livestock Farming (PLF) is a multidisciplinary research domain that integrates the principles of processing engineering with fundamental biological knowledge during the development of technological solutions for livestock producers. With over three decades of research and development in Precision Livestock Farming (PLF) many interesting solutions have resulted from lab-based research, many of which been successfully implemented in the field.
This Special Issue will compile the latest findings in the PLF research domain, where engineering science is a core discipline. The aim is to reveal how engineering principles, when combined with other disciplines, form the basis of very interesting PLF findings at the fundamental and applied level.
Topics in this Special Issue could include the following:
- Novel techniques to measure animal bio-responses (including the use of cameras, microphones, wearable technology, in-body sensors, bio-sensors, etc.)
- Integrated sensor systems to monitor new or established key production indicators
- Novel monitoring techniques for real-time monitoring of animal bio-responses with respect to animal health and welfare,
- Scaling up of systems from laboratory to farm-level applications,
- Advances in automated animal management systems such as precision feeding, and automated milking systems,
- PLF systems that exploit opportunities for web-based data processing and wireless communication between sensors and devices, taking advantage of the Internet of Things (IoT),
- Economic aspects associated with PLF applications
Manuscripts presenting original research and also review articles are welcome.
Submission opens on January 19th, 2017
Submission deadline is expected on April 19th, 2017
For more information, please contact guest editors:
Guest Prof. Tomas Norton, M3BIORES, KU Leuven, firstname.lastname@example.org
Prof. Daniel Berckmans, M3BIORES, KU Leuven, email@example.com