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Automated sound recording devices (ASRD) were used in real broiler farm conditions to analyse the vocalisations emitted by individual chicks and groups of chickens aged either one or five days. Although the vocalisation sounds of broiler chicken have been studied previously; this study describes the monitoring of vocalisation under normal farm conditions.
An advanced university course on Precision Livestock Farming (PLF) is being jointly organised by the International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies (CIHEAM), through the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Zaragoza (IAMZ), and the EU-PLF Project.
A pilot study undertaken within EU-PLF project describes how automated on-farm measurements of climate, feed intake, animal growth and camera and sound based precision livestock (PLF) farming methods (eYeNamic) can be used to evaluate health and welfare parameters of chickens that are required to comply with Council Directive 2007/43/EC.
PLF technologies have been implemented on a large scale in commercial farms within the EU-PLF and All-Smart-Pigs projects. The difficulties associated with installations, use and maintenance of these technologies on the farms were well documented as well as the solutions developed to overcome these challenges.