Practical precision livestock farming (PLF): Herdsman+ artificial intelligence enabled systems and services for livestock farming

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The application of artificial intelligence coupled with the growth in the availability of cost- effective low power computing platforms, has accelerated the adoption of on-farm technologies that support the decision making of farmers. An exemplar of the evolution is encapsulated by the development of activity monitors for dairy cattle, migrating from simple step counting devices designed to identify the onset of oestrus to systems that continuously monitor individual cattle and provide insights into the time spent eating, ruminating, calving and other key welfare events such as lameness and mastitis. The Chapter illustrates how the use of digital technologies has brought benefit to the livestock farming industry, presenting the current state-of-the-art with emphasis on accentuating the potential for cloud based platforms to support the integration of multiple on-farm data streams, the foundation for the provision of a mix of data-driven animal-centric services that bring further benefits to the livestock community.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPractical Precision Livestock Farming (PLF):
Subtitle of host publicationHands-On Experiences with PLF Technologies in Commercial and R&D Settings
EditorsThomas Banhazi, Francisco Maroto Molina, Veronika Halas
Place of PublicationWageningen, The Netherlands
Publication statusPublished - 2022


  • agricultural engineering
  • machine learning (ML)
  • prevision livestock systems

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