Application of innovative tools of importance for animal welfare in the breeding of beef and dairy cattle
Center for Sensing Solutions
01.08.2018 - 31.07.2020
The Healthy Farm project foresees the creation of an animal welfare assessment methodology that includes both direct animal measurements and indirect measurements, based on the farming environment using different protocols (Farming Welfare Index), and that considers the EFSA recommendations. In South Tyrol this problem is particularly felt for the presence of farmers located in impervious areas. The project provides for a close and active collaboration between two actors, both with operational and legal headquarters in the Province of Bolzano, each with great experience in their role and in carrying out the planned activities. The actors involved are ORMA Solutions and Eurac Research (with the task of carrying out the research for the optimization of the algorithm and data mining); it is also planned to involve the University of Padua, which will collaborate in the development of the algorithm, in the implementation of new features and in the study of the attachment of the sensor to the animal. Full support to the project is confirmed by the Bauernbund Association, with the support of Bring, particularly interested in providing local breeders with such an effective and important tool. In the field of farm animal breeding, more and more importance is given to the welfare and health of the animal as the current legislation obliges the farmer to ensure the welfare and health of the same through the correct conditions of housing. Great importance is given by the European Commission through the "National Plan for Animal Welfare (PNBA)" which applies the provisions of national and EU regulations and makes uniform the methods of execution and planning of controls, and improves the training of veterinarians and farmers on animal welfare issues.
Contact person: Roberto Monsorno