Special Issue "Precision Livestock Innovations in Sheep Farming"

A special issue of Animals (ISSN 2076-2615). This special issue belongs to the section "Small Ruminants".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 28 February 2022.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Hefin Williams
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Guest Editor
Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS), Aberystwyth University, Penglais, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, UK
Interests: veterinary parasitology; eDNA; climate change; disease diagnostics; spatial modelling
Dr. Rhys Aled Jones
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Guest Editor
Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS), Aberystwyth University, Penglais, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, UK
Interests: veterinary parasitology; anthelmintic resistance; eDNA; intermediate snail host; sheep
Dr. Manod Williams
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Guest Editor
Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS), Aberystwyth University, Penglais, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, UK
Interests: PLF; livestock behavior; disease diagnostics; sensors; cattle; sheep

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Precision farming is becoming increasingly widespread in many aspects of modern agriculture, including within livestock production systems. Precision livestock farming (PLF) revolves around monitoring attributes from individual animals where possible and using these data to generate opportunities to tailor the management of individuals for greater productivity, sustainability, welfare, and reduced inputs.

Significant progress is being made in the development and industry adoption of PLF innovations in many livestock sectors; however, there remains considerable scope for, and a requirement for, research that addresses the specific challenges and needs of precision management in the sheep sector.

Challenges for the sheep sector include the predominance of outdoor grazing systems creating physical distance between farmers and livestock; large flock sizes in many regions of the world; and the lower value of animals compared to other livestock sectors such as dairy production, which makes investment more challenging.

The aim of this Special Issue is to present research and reviews that will address the question of which precision livestock innovations can be successfully developed for use in sheep farming and how they can lead to greater productivity, sustainability, improved welfare, and reduced inputs.

Dr. Hefin Williams
Dr. Rhys Aled Jones
Dr. Manod Williams
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Keywords

  • sheep
  • precision livestock farming
  • innovation
  • technology
  • sensors
  • smart farming

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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