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Precision Farming Systems

New technologies are changing the shape of the dairy industry across the globe, with improvements in cow genetics and feeding systems as well as farmer well-being. The trend towards fewer larger dairy farms is characterised by smaller profit margins, with small changes in efficiency having a large impact on profitability. Additionally, there has been a dramatic increase in the emphasis on consumer protection, continuous quality assurance, natural foods, pathogen-free food, and on a reduction in the use of medical treatment, as well as an increased concern for animal welfare. Precision farming systems have been defined as "the use of information technologies for the assessment of fine-scale animal and physical resource variability aimed at improved management strategies for optimising economic, social and environmental farming". Precision dairy farming is an inherently interdisciplinary field incorporating concepts from (bio) informatics, biostatistics, grass and animal breeding, animal husbandry and nutrition, machine learning, sensor networking, autonomic network management and engineering. The potential benefits of precision farming systems include increased efficiency, reduced costs, improved product quality, reduced environmental impact, and improved animal health and welfare, thereby facilitating a holistic approach to sustainable farming (i.e. economic, environmental, stakeholder perception, and food security).

No.RMIS - OngoingResearcherStartEnd
6190 Water Conservation strategies for Irish dairy farms (PDF) Upton J. 01-Jan-2012 31-Dec-2016
6237 Investigation of factors influencing bacterial transfer into milk (PDF) Gleeson D. 01-Jan-2012 31-Dec-2015
6337 Innovative and sustainable systems combining automatic milking and precision grazing (PDF) O'Brien B. 02-Jan-2013 31-Dec-2015
6495 Precision energy management for dairy farming systems (PDF) Upton J. 02-Jan-2014 31-Dec-2018
6642 Operation and economics of automatic milking in an Irish grass-based system (PDF) O'Brien B. 01-Jan-2015 31-Dec-2017
6643 Targeting key microbiological and residue issues for an expanding dairy industry (PDF) Gleeson D. 01-Dec-2014 31-Dec-2018
6657 Integration of PRECISIONDAIRY within agricultural systems (PDF) Shalloo L. 01-Sep-2014 31-Aug-2018
No.RMIS - CompletedResearcherStartEnd
5396 The development and implementation of decision support systems to optimise performance on dairy farms in different regions of the country Horan B. 01-Jan-2005 31-Dec-2009
5899 Strategies to reduce the fossil fuel use in milk production Upton J. 01-Oct-2008 31-Dec-2012
6098 Integration of an automatic milking system (AMS) into an Irish grass-based milk production system O'Brien B. 04-Jan-2011 31-Dec-2014
6108 Demonstration and transfer of technologies for existing, expanding and new dairy farms in a none EU milk quota environment Shalloo L. 04-Jan-2011 31-Dec-2013
6169 Dynamic Load shifting milk cooling technology integrating intelligent single and dual-stage milk-cooling systems to optimize milk-cooling-energy-efficiency Upton J. 28-Apr-2011 31-Dec-2013
6202 Milking: increasing efficiency of traditional technologies and exploring new technology on Irish dairy farms O'Brien B. 01-Jan-2012 31-Dec-2014