Stakeholders’ perceptions of precision livestock farming to improve small ruminant welfare

Evangelia Sossidou*, Eliel Gonzalez-Garcia, Maria A Karatzia, Ludovic Czizster, Ali Elhadi, Leticia Riaguas, Gerardo Caja, AP Barnes, Jean-Marc Gautier, Tim Keady, Ilan Halachmi, Giovanni Molle, Lise Grova, C Morgan-Davies

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Abstract

Within the TechCare Project, a list of Precision Livestock Farming (PLF) tools, with potential for monitoring animal welfare in small ruminant production, was formulated in TechCare Countries. The opinions of stakeholders were taken into account after consultations, following a multi-actor approach. The OPERA method was used to reach consensus between stakeholders. Overall, stakeholders’ opinions appear rather uniform. Regarding meat sheep, the
highest appreciated PLF tool was the automated weighing and low frequency identification (LF) system, followed by localisation (GPS) and 3-axial accelerometers, as well as new ultra-high-frequency (UHF) eartags and readers for several uses (e.g. water intake). The most suitable PLF tools selected for dairy sheep were environmental-air quality sensors (e.g. weather stations), followed by automated milk recording, LF and automatic weighing. As for dairy goats,
in addition to those selected for dairy sheep, the new UHF eartags and readers were prioritized. Regardless of the production system, the most important traits of selected PLF tools were low cost and ease-of-use. Most stakeholders also expressed concerns on their ability to collect and handle the data generated from PLF tools for monitoring individual animals. TechCare (www.techcare-project.eu) receives funding from the European Union’s H2020 research and innovation programme grant no. 862050.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBook of Abstracts of the 73rd Annual Meeting of the European Federation of Animal Science
Place of PublicationWageningen
PublisherWageningen Academic Publishers
Pages462
Number of pages1
Volume28
ISBN (Electronic)978-90-8686-937-4
ISBN (Print)978-90-8686-385-3
DOIs
Publication statusPrint publication - 1 Sep 2022
Event73rd Annual Meeting of the European Federation of Animal Science - Porto, Portugal
Duration: 5 Sep 20228 Sep 2022

Conference

Conference73rd Annual Meeting of the European Federation of Animal Science
Country/TerritoryPortugal
CityPorto
Period5/09/228/09/22

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