4D4F Workshop in Bucharest

Author: Livia Vidu (USAMV) - June 21, 2017

On June 9,  the first Romanian workshop dedicated to the 4D4F project was held at the University of Agronomic Sciences and Veterinary Medicine, Faculty of Animal Science. The event was included in the International Conference program "Agriculture for Life, Life for Agriculture". At this workshop, 33 people participated: researchers, experts in the field and PhD students from Romania and the Republic of Moldova.

Livia VIDU (USAMV) opened the event with the presentation of the program and a short presentation of the project. The Data Driven Dairy Decisions for Farmers (4D4F) thematic network will focus on the role which dairy animal and environmental sensors can play in collecting real time information to help make more informed decisions in dairy farming. The network develops a Community of Practice, who will work together.

Horia GROSU (National Research Development Institute for Animal Biology and Nutrition –IBNA) made a presentation on “Aspects of cattle genomic selection in the context of precision farming”. During his presentation, he reviewed the history of global genomics and at the European level today in this field. The benefits of genomic selection for dairy farmers, and its integration into precision livestock, really captured the interest of the participants.

Răzvan POPA (USAMV) talked about the “Sensors for monitoring the health and reproduction status” and the many advantages of using these sensors. He also pointed to the need for training farmers in sensor technology, because it can provide a lot of information and they must be used correctly.

Alexandru KELEMEN (USAMV), Ph.D student in dairy decision farming, presented in the workshop part of his research. The topic of discussion was “Sensors used for monitoring feeding”, generating a lot of interest in the results.

The last part of the meeting was dedicated to the discussions between the participants regarding the precision agriculture and the possibilities of collaboration in the field.