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Sensing in Dairy Farming and its Role in Green House Gas Mitigation

23 May 2022, 11:00 - 12:00 - Eastern Daylight Time (UTC - 04:00)

This presentation will review the adoption of measurement technology that has taken place within the dairy sector intending to drive improvements in productivity. As a consequence of the scale of adoption and the recognition of the direct return on investment, the dairy sector within the UK is highly receptive to the use of new technology.

Driven by the Climate Change agenda and changes in legislation, milk producers are considering how this and other technologies can bring value to the industry in other ways. Some of this may come from delivering automated solutions that give assurance to the end customer of a high degree of welfare embedded within the production process. Other areas include methods that will enable individual farmers to make a clearer assessment of their carbon footprint which may bring significant benefits as regulatory changes develop. The talk will give an idea of the limitations of current approaches and highlight areas where opportunities exist for new sensing solutions.

Subject Matter Level: Introductory - Assumes little previous knowledge of the topic

What You Will Learn:

  • Overview of existing measurement processes.
  • An understanding of the limitations of what is currently present.
  • An appreciation of the gaps that require technological solutions

Who Should Attend:

  • Researchers engaged in the development of sensor systems, optical or otherwise.
  • Researchers with a good appreciation of gas measurement methods seeking opportunities outside their normal domains.
About the Presenter: Craig Michie, University of Strathclyde

Professor Craig Michie is Professor of Electronic and Electrical Engineering within the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering at the University of Strathclyde. His current research interests lie in the application of sensor technology within the Agricultural sector and for providing quantifiable measurements of Green House Gas emissions to inform policy makers. He is a member of the local steering group for the Global Environmental Measurement and Monitoring Network at Strathclyde. Professor Michie was co-founder of SilentHerdsman Ltd., a university spin out company manufacturing accelerometer based cattle collars to identify cattle coming into heat and hence optimise herd fertility and identify animal welfare issues through behavioural change. SilentHerdsman was acquired by Afimilk in 2016 and is marketed globally.