Type: Book

Advances in precision livestock farming


Professor Daniel Berckmans was Head of the M3-Biores (Measure, Model and Manage Bioresponses) Division at the Katholieke University of Leuven, Belgium for over 20 years. His team is widely regarded as a world leader in precision livestock farming, producing over 250 publications and over 400 conference papers, and with 17 new products brought to market and 20 patents submitted. Professor Berckmans himself has published over 250 scientific papers, coordinated a number of EU research projects and is co-founder of two spin-off companies from his research.



Publication date:

Q2 2022

Length of book:

300 pages

ISBN-13: 9781786764713

Hardback - £150.00
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The livestock sector is facing increasing pressure to develop more ‘climate-smart’ methods that can be used to prevent the onset of major diseases, whilst also monitoring the efficiency and environmental impact of livestock production.

Advances in Precision Livestock Farming (PLF) provides a comprehensive review of the recent advances in the development of precision livestock technologies that use continuous, automated, real-time monitoring of animal traits to improve health, welfare and behaviour. The collection tackles the major issues faced by the dairy sector (mastitis, lameness and metabolic disorders) and how PLF technologies can decrease the likelihood of such diseases occurring.

Key features

  • Provides a comprehensive review of the recent developments in precision livestock technologies, from wearable sensors, to thermal imaging techniques 
  • Covers the latest research on the application of precision livestock technologies in monitoring livestock health 
  • Highlights the potential of precision livestock technologies to reduce the environmental impact of livestock production

What others are saying...

"Precision farming is growing rapidly across the globe, and I'm very pleased to see the expertise of the individuals who have been brought together for this project. I fully expect that this publication will be highly sought and cited by farmers, advisors, researchers and students around the world. I look forward to seeing this important contribution to the precision farming body of knowledge."
Dr David Kelton, DFO Research Chair in Dairy Cattle Health/Professor of Epidemiology, University of Guelph, Canada

Table of contents

Part 1 Data collection and analysis
1.Developments in wearable sensors for monitoring livestock: Mark Trotter, Central Queensland University, Australia;
2.Developments in thermal imaging techniques to assess livestock health: Al Schaefer, Animal Inframetics Inc./University of Alberta, Canada;
3.Developments in acoustic techniques to assess livestock health: Dries Berckmans, Soundtalks NV, Belgium;
4.Developments in machine vision techniques to monitor livestock behaviour and health: Claudia Arcidiacono, University of Catania, Italy;
5.Developments in activity/location technologies for monitoring livestock movement/behaviour: Nicolas Lyons, DPI-NSW, Australia;
6.Developments in data analysis for decision-making in precision livestock farming systems: Elaine van Erp-van der Kooij, HAS University of Applied Sciences, The Netherlands;

Part 2 Applications
7.Automated monitoring and control of livestock housing conditions: Marcella Guarino, University of Milan, Italy;
8.Developments in automated/precision feeding systems for livestock: Ilan Halachmi, ARO-Volcani Centre, Israel;
9.Developments in automated systems for monitoring livestock health: mastitis: Henk Hogeveen, Wageningen University, The Netherlands;
10.Developments in automated systems for monitoring livestock health: lameness: Ed Codling, University of Essex, UK;
11.Developments in automated monitoring of livestock fertility/pregnancy: Michael Iwersen, University of Veterinary Medicine – Vienna, Austria;
12.Advances in robotic milking systems: Bernadette O'Brien, Teagasc, Ireland;
13.Developments in monitoring grazing behaviour and automated grazing management: Dana Campbell, CSIRO, Australia;