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Advances in precision livestock farming


Professor Daniel Berckmans has been associated with the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium) for 40 years where he was Head of the M3-BIORES (Measure, Model and Manage Bioresponses) Division for over 20 years as a full professor. His team is widely regarded as a world leader in precision livestock farming, producing over 350 publications and over 450 conference papers, with 17 new products brought to market in collaboration with industrial partners and 20 patents submitted. He has coordinated a number of EU research projects and is co-founder of two spin-off companies from his research. In addition to many PhDs produced within M3-BIORES, he has been a member of 64 PhD committees in 9 different countries and promoted over 200 Masters theses. In 2003 he started the European Conferences on Precision Livestock Farming (ECPLF) which reached its 10th anniversary in 2022. Professor Berckmans has also been appointed Adjunct Distinguished Professor at the University of Tennessee to help develop precision livestock farming research in the USA. He is also member of the Scientific Council of the World Farmers Organization who represent a billion farmers worldwide. Reuters ranked the KU Leuven as the 7th most innovative university worldwide, being the first non-US university in the list.



Publication date:

28 June 2022

Length of book:

442 pages

ISBN-13: 9781786764713

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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 provides a comprehensive review of recent advances in the development of precision livestock technologies to monitor the health and welfare of animals as well as key areas of production such as housing and feed efficiency. The collection includes chapters on monitoring key health issues such as mastitis, lameness and fertility together with areas such as milking and grazing management.

Edited by a leading researcher in the field, Advances in precision livestock farming will be a standard reference for livestock scientists in universities and research centres, precision farming manufacturers, and government and private sector agencies involved in the regulation of new technologies to improve the health and welfare of livestock.

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 on-animal sensors for monitoring livestock: Mark Trotter, CQUniversity Institute for Future Farming Systems, Australia; Derek Bailey, New Mexico State University, USA; and Jaime Manning, Caitlin Evans, Diogo Costa, Elle Fogarty and Anita Chang, CQ University Institute for Future Farming Systems, Australia;
2.Developments in thermal imaging techniques to assess livestock health: A. L. Schaefer and N. J. Cook, University of Alberta, Canada;
3.Developments in acoustic techniques to assess livestock health: Erik Vranken, SoundTalks NV, Belgium and KU Leuven M3-BIORES – Measure, Model & Manage Bioresponses, Belgium; Daniel Berckmans, KU Leuven M3-BIORES - Measure, Model & Manage Bioresponses and BioRICS NV, Belgium; and Wim Buyens and Dries Berckmans, SoundTalks NV, Belgium;
4.Machine vision techniques to monitor behaviour and health in precision livestock farming: C. Arcidiacono and S. M. C. Porto, University of Catania, Italy;
5.Developments in activity and location technologies for monitoring cattle movement and behaviour: N. A. Lyons, NSW Department of Primary Industries, Australia; and S. Lomax, The University of Sydney, 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.Monitoring and control of livestock housing conditions using precision livestock farming techniques: Daniela Lovarelli and Marcella Guarino, University of Milan, Italy;
8.Developments in individual-animal feed efficiency monitoring systems for livestock: Ilan Halachmi and Ran Bezen, The Volcani Centre - Agriculture Research Organization (ARO) and Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel; Assaf Godo, Harel Levit and Victor Bloch, The Volcani Centre - Agriculture Research Organization (ARO), Israel; and Yael Edan, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel;
9.Developments in automated systems for monitoring livestock health: mastitis: M. van der Voort and H. Hogeveen, Wageningen University & Research, The Netherlands;
10.Developments in automated systems for monitoring livestock health: lameness: Zoe E. Barker, University of Reading, UK; Nick J. Bell, University of Nottingham, UK; Jonathan R. Amory, Writtle University College, UK; and Edward A. Codling, University of Essex, UK;
11.Developments in automated monitoring of livestock fertility/pregnancy: Michael Iwersen and Marc Drillich, University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna, Austria;
12.Advances in robotic milking systems: Bernadette O’Brien and Deirdre Hennessy, Teagasc, Ireland;
13.Developments in monitoring grazing behaviour and automated grazing management in extensive systems: Dana L. M. Campbell, Gregory J. Bishop-Hurley, Caroline Lee and Ed Charmley, CSIRO, Australia;