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How can Sensors and Robotics innovation in livestock buildings improve productivity & profitability of livestock production?

Livestock housing systems, especially where livestock are intensively reared, have become increasingly important to the productivity and profitability of farm businesses. 

Scientific and technological advances have greatly advanced our understanding of the animal's needs (e.g. nutrition, environment, social interaction), and this understanding must be coupled with the need to meet requirements of the processing and retail industries.

There is increased acceptance and use of newly developed technologies such as sensors with livestock housing, and new systems are constantly being developed, but often separately and many are not easy to integrate.


KTN Workshop on Innovation in Livestock Buildings
Thursday 26th October 2016, Edinburgh

The Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) is hosting a workshop on 26th October in Edinburgh to link up the needs of the end-users and livestock with innovators from many areas. It is proposed to use this workshop as a stimulus to join up thinking in the initiation of livestock housing (re)design, incorporating as appropriate new advances in e.g. sensors, environmental control, biosecurity, lighting, hygiene, water, health, nutrition (including feeding systems), robotics, water supply and usage, retail planning, and waste.

Key areas that the programme will seek to address may include:

  • Integration of monitoring & control systems into building design and planning
  • Consideration of animal health, welfare and social needs into building design and planning
  • Integration of multiple systems
  • Showcasing of new innovations
  • Case studies of successful (collaborative) projects looking at integrating new innovations into livestock buildings


Do you have a livestock housing challenge or solution you would like to pitch?

There will also be an opportunity for delegates to make a short 5 minute pitch presentation on opportunities for collaboration. The short presentation should detail specific agricultural challenges requiring new solutions, OR solutions that could potentially be applied to benefit agriculture in terms of housing design or integration.


Further information

When: Thursday, 27 October 2016 from 09:30 to 17:00
Where: Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh - 9 Queen Street, Edinburgh, EH2 1JQ
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