Links to Operational Groups


Name Operational Group


Belgium Feasibility of a nitrogen balance on a dairy farm to reduce ammonia emission Measures to reduce ammonia emissions are often very expensive and never result in a financial gain for the farmer. By feeding less protein, a reduction in both costs as well as ammonia emissions, could be obtained. In this EIP we look for the possibilities of a nitrogen balance, and the aspects and parameters that should be taken into account.
Belgium Reducing emissions from cattle farming by good practice The aim of this operational group is to commit together with the beef cattle sector on ammonia emission reduction to demonstrate on manure- and litter management, inventory practicable and affordable techniques and/or practices to the business organization, demonstrate methods and techniques for research in ammonia emission, and help create the research plan for ammonia emission reduction for beef livestock farming in Flanders.
Spain MESRASA: improvement of collection systems and animal health warning With the information dead animal collection system, establish a health alert system in real time in cattle farms, using algorithms already developed. In addition, the basis for a real-time syndromic surveillance system will be established.
Spain EUREL: Efficiency in the use of resources in dairy farming Achieving a sustainable dairy production through an efficient use of the resources on farm (organic fertilizers), and implementation of best practices to minimize the impact of waste on soil, air and water.

Feed efficiency – improved profitability and competitiveness by automatic, precision weighing of cattle

The feed efficiency project aims to develop and present innovative growth and feed supply for beef producers via web interfaces and smart phones. The project is based on Hencol's award-winning automatic unmanned precision weighing for cattle, which will present growth estimates along with information about current feed status and group feed in order to simplify (and via smart phone) to track and optimize ongoing productionProject coordinator: Henrik Österlund, Hencol AB, henrik@hencol.seProject partners: Farmer Mats Johansson, Bleckenstad Gård AB, Helene Oscarsson, Vreta Kluster 


On-farm measurement of milk urea - development of a sensor

The objective of the project is to develop a sensor to monitor milk urea N (MUN) concentrations of individual cows. By this new technology it should be possible to adjust diets to reduce feed costs and/or increase milk production and to reduce nitrogen (N) emission to the environment. Farmers and/or advisors can use a sensor integrated in a hand-held analyzer in all types of milking systems. Applied to automatic milking, manufacturer could integrate the sensor into their own system. Project coordinator: Peter Udén, Department of animal nutrition and management, Swedish university of agricultural sciences, Project partners: Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology at Linköping University (LiU), Advisory service organisation Växa Sverige and Yttergärde Farm AB.  


Detection of fever by “heat camera”

Agricam intends to develop a touch-free fever detector for animal husbandry that measures the surface temperature of the cornea with heat cameras. The purpose of innovation is to facilitate the handling of the animals, minimize production losses and increase the efficiency. Project coordinator: Ellinor Eineren, Agricam, Project partners: Farmer Henrik Larsson, Vadsbo mjölk, Veterinarian Johan Waldner, consultant Margareta Dahlberg.  


Detection of animal states with embedded camera platform

BMP Innovation intends to conduct an industrial pre-study of a non-invasive system that utilizes cameras and advanced image and movement analysis, independent of lighting conditions and background materials, for detection of movement patterns and possibly temperature to detect estrus, pregnancy and partus in cows. The purpose of the innovation is to digitalize proven manual methods, maximize production and increase the efficiency of milk producers. Project coordinator: Gabriel Korduner, BMP Innovation, Gabriel@bmpinnovation.seProject partners: Senior scientist Bengt-Ove Rustas, SLU, Carl-Arvid Dahlöf, Inno AG Scandinavia, consultant. 


Kuvaa Nautaa project: Thermal imaging in cattle health care

Thermal imaging camera can be used to detect various common health issues of cattle for example mastitis. Thermal imaging can reveal infection in its early stages even before more visible symptoms are developed. Early detection makes early treatment possible, which means healthier cows and less money spent. However, the use of this technology is limited by the lack of practice-oriented information. The objective of Kuvaa Nautaa project is to develop a comprehensive information package on the use of thermography in cattle health care. These instructions are designed for farmers as well as for veterinarians, hoof trimmers and agricultural experts.