Special Issue "New technologies to improve the sustainability of livestock farming (precision livestock farming)"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 March 2019)
Prof. Daniel Berckmans
KU Leuven, M3-BIORES Catholic University Leuven 3000 Leuven, Belgium
Interests: real-time monitoring of individual living organisms; monitor individual humans and animals (livestock, pets)
The size of animal production worldwide and the number of animals reared for food production is growing, today about 65 billion chickens, 1.5 billion pigs, 1 billion goat and sheep and around 330 million cattle and buffaloes are reared for animal products annually. This incredible global animal production is the result of the dietary evolution of people, who are consuming more animal products as their income increases. The livestock sector is an important user of natural resources and has a significant influence on human health, air quality, global climate, soil quality, biodiversity and water quality, by altering the biogeochemical cycles of nitrogen, phosphorus and carbon, giving rise to environmental concerns. Due to the link between animal health and the antimicrobial resistance of humans, we need to guard animal health while the worldwide demand for animal products is increasing by 70% in 2050. Livestock farming should be oriented towards more sustainable systems and more efficiency: more animal products with less feed input We believe that greater animal welfare is crucial to reaching greater efficiency, today the metabolic energy going into animal discomfort should go in animal products. The application of precision livestock farming could be a good approach to reach the health and environmental sustainability of livestock farming.
PLF technologies offer a tool to farmers through continuous automated monitoring and control of environmental, physiological and behavioural variables, helping ensuring livestock health, performance and well-being in relation to their environment. Ensuring an animal’s good health and welfare is a necessary condition to obtaining good productive and reproductive performance, lowering the environmental impact per unit of animal product.
Original manuscripts that address any aspects of new PLF technologies or evaluations of PLF systems to improve animal health and welfare and thus the sustainability of livestock farming are invited for publication in this Special Issue.
Prof. Daniel Berckmans
Prof. Guarino Marcella
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- Animal health
- Animal welfare
- Animal production
- Precision livestock farming