Report by Callum Harvey, KTN
Recent scientific and technological advances in the understanding of livestock’s requirements (e.g. nutrition, environment, social interactions etc.), the control and monitoring of such requirements, coupled with meeting the requirements of the processing and retail industries have meant that livestock buildings and how they are kitted out are rapidly evolving.
The Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) hosted a focused workshop on 27th October 2016 to stimulate increased collaborative working between the many sectors contributing to the design, construction and instrumentation of modern livestock buildings.
Following on from an introduction to the rationale of the day and an introduction to KTN, the day kicked off with a inspiring insight into the realities of life as an innovative poultry farmer from David Speller; grappling with a multitude of available technologies, high volumes, low margins and increasing production pressures. Delegates then heard from Hugh Crabtree on remote monitoring of pigs; Duncan Forbes on designing housing and technology around dairy cattle needs; Sophie Throup and Ewan Macpherson on an innovative collaborative project currently underway to design and build an self-sustaining commercial pig housing system; Henri Geerts on innovations in ventilation and weather protection; and finally from Bo Rosberg on designing buildings for optimal animal conditions.
Attendees were given the opportunity to outline their problems and innovation needs, or technical capabilities by way of a short pitch presentation. The aim was to encourage them to explore collaboration and innovation opportunities to help think about these needs from them beginning, and integrating these into the design of the building, whilst also building in the ability to adapt to future technologies more easily.
David Telford, Knowlege Transfer Manager at KTN, then rounded off the workshop by presenting delegates with information on potential funding opportunities.
Innovation in livestock buildings workshop
27th October, 2016, Edinburgh
Presentations can be downloaded by clicking on the links below.
Designing buildings from the dairy cow’s perspective – Marie Haskell, SRUC
Can we use animal preferences to help us design buildings? – Mark Rutter, Harper Adams University
Delivering LED lighting, sensors and control systems for intensive and sustainable livestock production – Derek Liddle, Greengage Lighting
Agritech the future of farming? – Richard Hobson, Herdsy
Sustainable livestock production – Khalid Mahmood, Rothamsted Research
Assured, safe and cleansing water for the 21st century – Courtney Peyton, Aqua21 - presentation not available
Casey Woodward, CIEL
Equipment design from animal perspective - Alan Denbigh, University of Exeter
Omnisense: Dairy cow positioning and behaviour monitoring technology - Andy Thurman, Omnisense