Special Issue "Advanced Design and Environmental Control for Livestock Houses"

A special issue of Agronomy (ISSN 2073-4395). This special issue belongs to the section "Agricultural Engineering".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 March 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Fernando Estellés
Guest Editor
Institute of Animal Science and Technology, Universitat Politècnica de València, Valencia, Spain
Interests: Livestock Production; Sustainability; Pollution Mitigation; Environmental Control; Climate Change Adaptation

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In recent decades, livestock production has increased worldwide and it is expected to keep developing in a growing population scenario. Genetics, feeding, and management played roles in this livestock revolution, but housing design and operation have been crucial to adapt livestock houses to new demands. Nevertheless, there is an increasing pressure on livestock production to ensure welfare, sustainability, and efficiency goals that must be addressed from all perspectives. Please share your success stories from research in the design and control of livestock houses around the world in this Special Issue. Submissions on the following topics (but not limited to) are invited: 1) Optimization of ventilation systems to reduce energy demand; 2) Innovative systems and management of cooling systems in hot climates; 3) Use of alternative energy sources for heating; 4) Advanced techniques, such as precision livestock farming, for management optimization; and 5) Decision support tools and modeling.

Dr. Fernando Estellés
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Agronomy is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

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  • Ventilation management
  • Renewable energy
  • Animal welfare
  • Sustainable livestock production
  • Precision livestock farming
  • Heating systems
  • Livestock modeling
  • Hot climates
  • Refrigeration of animal houses
  • Evaporative cooling
  • Computational fluid dynamics

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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