Precision Livestock Farming – Presented by Lenny van Erp-van der Kooij, HAS University of Applied Sciences

Precision Livestock Farming – Presented by Lenny van Erp-van der Kooij, HAS University of Applied Sciences at the Smart Farming Conference, which takes place on on June 28, 2018, in Venlo, The Netherlands.

With increasing farm sizes and more animals for the farmer to take care of, giving each individual animal the attention it needs is becoming more difficult. Precision Livestock Farming uses (sensor) technology to monitor the health and behaviour of all animals in the herd, thus assisting the farmer in his management. The purpose of this monitoring is to detect deviations from the expected values and improve animal health, animal welfare and efficiency of animal production. In this presentation Lenny van Erp will give an overview of current and upcoming technologies in precision livestock farming.

Interview
What drives you?
I am interested in data, technology and animal behaviour. I love working with animals and with datasets, towards a practical result.

What are the three things you would take with you on a deserted island?
My husband, a (satellite) telephone and an e-reader

What emerging technologies/trends do you see as having the greatest potential in the short and long run?
Machine learning in animal data; robotics in poultry; RFID in (fattening) pigs

What kind of impact do you expect them to have?
More use of data resulting in an improved farm efficiency and better animal health and welfare, and at the same time easing the work load of the farmer

What are the barriers that might stand in the way?
Technology is still expensive, and relatively unknown to farmers

What do you hope people to learn from your presentation?
Technology and sensors can give extra information to the farmer and improve management practices

About Lenny van Erp-van der Kooij
Lenny van Erp has an MSc in Animal Science and a PhD in Veterinary Science, with farm animal health and behaviour as her field of expertise. She focuses on precision livestock farming, with projects on (sensor)technology and data in farm animals. At HAS University she initiated the Precision Farming Platform and the Minor Smart Farming.

About HAS University of Applied Sciences
HAS University of Applied Sciences (Dutch: HAS Hogeschool) is an independent university of applied sciences, specialising in agriculture, horticulture, food, nature conservation and environment. It is located in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, the regional capital of North Brabant, and Venlo.

About Agrifood Innovation Event
The Agri Food Innovation Event is a focused business, technology and research platform, unique in bringing together European and global companies from the entire agrifood supply chain (from farmer to enduser, with customers, producers, retailers and researchers).

The location, Brightlands Campus Greenport Venlo, is in a region in which the agri-food business is one of the most productive, sustainable and profitable in the world; where food innovation is in the entrepreneurs’ DNA.

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