Special Issue "Innovative Technologies for the Feeding of Dairy Cattle to Ensure Animal Welfare and Production Quality—INNOVALAT"

A special issue of Agriculture (ISSN 2077-0472). This special issue belongs to the section "Farm Animal Production".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 May 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Andrea Colantoni
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Prof. Dr. Umberto Bernabucci
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Department of Agricultural and Forestry Sciences (DAFNE), University of Tuscia, via S. Camillo De Lellis, s.n.c, 01100 Viterbo, Italy
Interests: ruminant nutrition and physiology; animal welfare; environmental physiology; milk quality
Prof. Nicola Lacetera
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Department of Agriculture and Forest Sciences (DAFNE) University of Tuscia, Viterbo, Italy
Interests: ruminant nutrition and physiology; animal welfare; environmental physiology; milk quality
Prof. Loredana Basirico
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Department of Agricultural and Forest scieNcEs (DAFNE), University of Tuscia, Via S. Camillo de Lellis, SNC, 01100 Viterbo, Italy
Interests: ruminant nutrition and physiology; animal welfare; environmental physiology; milk quality
Prof. Patrizia Morera
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Department of Agricultural and Forest scieNcEs (DAFNE), University of Tuscia, Via S. Camillo de Lellis, SNC, 01100 Viterbo, Italy
Interests: ruminant nutrition and physiology; animal welfare; environmental physiology; milk quality
Prof. Massimo Malacarne
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Department of Veterinary Science, University of Parma, Via del Taglio, 10, 43123 Parma, Italy
Interests: animal science and animal production; milk quality; cheese-making
Prof. Andrea Summer
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Department of Veterinary Science, University of Parma, Via del Taglio, 10, 43123 Parma, Italy
Interests: animal science and animal production; milk quality; cheese-making

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The growing crisis of identity that European agriculture and its production and breeding systems are going through, together with the contraction of margins in the markets and the persistence of the global financial crisis, are increasingly encouraging companies to diversify their products and processes in order to improve their competitive positions in the markets or, at least, to free themselves from the competition of the costs of “commodities”. Environmental and productive sustainability are in second place, negatively influencing the aspects linked to the optimization of the efficiency of production processes, and to those of quality and not of secondary importance for animal welfare. In order to express their genetic potential in the best possible way, cows with a high productive aptitude must be efficiently fed. In order to manifest itself, the productive aptitude must be adequately supported by correct feeding (quantity and quality) and above all by correct feeding management. Correct nutrition management is of extreme importance not only for the best expression of genetic potential, but also to safeguard animal health and welfare and finally to avoid waste, since feeding contributes on the order of 50–60% of the cost of milk production. Precision feeding (PF) is developing very successfully in the field of precision animal husbandry.

Topics

  • Non-destructive measurements of quality milk and feed total mixed ratio;
  • IoT and machine learning for agro-zootechnical sectors;
  • Welfare of dairy cattle;
  • Qualitative characteristics of the milk in relation to the needs deriving from the technological transformation;
  • Precision feeding systems;
  • Precision farming;
  • Safety and health in agro-zootechnical sectors.

Prof. Andrea Colantoni
Prof. Umberto Bernabucci
Prof. Nicola Lacetera
Prof. Loredana Basirico
Prof. Patrizia Morera
Prof. Massimo Malacarne
Prof. Andrea Summer
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Keywords

  • innovative technologies
  • feeding
  • animal welfare
  • milk quality
  • agriculture

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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