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Exploring the use of agritech to improve animal health and behaviour, including SmARTview cow recognition and data retrieval and Animal Behaviour Analytics.
Project 1: Behaviour Analytics Project
Project Partners: University of Bristol Vet School, Quant Foundry
Speaker: Dr Chris Cormack, Managing Director at the Quant Foundry
The welfare of livestock could be improved thanks to a new research project that will use novel artificial intelligence methods combined with behavioural analytics to provide rapid and reliable insights to animal health for farmers across the UK. The research and commercial feasibility program, co-funded by Innovate UK, the UK’s innovation agency, will be led by the Quant Foundry (QF) in collaboration with the University of Bristol Vet School and Agri-EPI Centre.
Project 2: SmARtView
Project Partners: Pocket Sized Hands, Abertay University, Vet Partners
Speaker: Gary McCartan, Pocket Sized Hands
Dairy farmers and vets have enlisted the help of video gaming experts to enhance cow health in a unique new study. The Innovate UK-funded SmARtview research project sees Agri-EPI Centre and UK Veterinary Group VetPartners join forces with experts at award-winning games developer Pocket Sized Hands and Abertay University’s School of Design & Informatics.
The project aims to develop an Artificial Intelligence (AI)-based system that can recognise a cow by its skin patterns and use a ‘HoloLens’ Augmented Reality (AR) headset to display health and productivity data about an animal as a user views it.
Project 3: Tail Tech
Presenter: Dr Rick D’Eath, Reader in Animal Behaviour and Welfare, SRUC
Tail biting in pigs is viewed as one of the most widespread and seriously aggressive behaviours that can manifest in a pigpen. Discover TailTech — a radical high-tech solution devised by Scottish scientists to detect the warning signs of pig tail biting and an alternative to the controversial last-resort practice of tail docking in piglets.
Exploring how agri-tech solutions are solving challenges facing farmers, from preventing grain spoilage to smarter livestock care and nano-technology.
Project 1: Crover
Project Partners: Crover, East Scotland Farmers Association
Speaker: Lorenzo Conti, Founder & MD, Crover
Poor Autumn planting conditions, a Spring drought and the recent heavy rains have led to a very difficult UK harvest. And the challenges don’t end once grain is in store – uncontrolled temperature and moisture levels can lead to pests and mould which, due to the notoriously difficult task of monitoring the condition of stored grain, contribute to global post-harvest grain losses of more than 20%.
Now, a new Innovate UK-funded project is tackling the problem. Technology start-up Crover Ltd, Agri-EPI Centre and East of Scotland Farmers have teamed up to develop the first robotic robot able to safely sample grain bulks at various depths and while still in storage, where existing methods cannot. Each one of the robotic devices, called the “Crover”, is expected to be able to save a total of 380 tonnes of grain (wheat and barley) every year
Project 2: Dark Horse Technologies
Project Partners: Dark Horse Technologies
Speaker: Jared Bainbridge, Founder & CEO, Dark Horse Technologies
Dark Horse Technologies‘ prediction of yield from Niall’s field of second winter wheat was accurate to within less than 0.5% – and they did it without setting foot on his farm.
Project 3: Ultra-Fine Bubbles
Presenter: Professor Anthony Furness Chief Scientific Officer, MagGrow
UFBs, also known as nanobubbles, are tiny, very stable and long-lasting bubbles, 100 times smaller than the width of a human hair, or about the size of a virus. Unseen by the naked eye, even when present in large numbers in water-based liquids, they do not rise to the surface and burst, but remain stable and buoyant for long periods of time, typically days and weeks.
The bubbles can carry gases, and substances of different kinds on their surfaces. Anthony Furness from MagGrow will be discussing how their stability and longevity offer great potential in agriculture for environmentally friendly spraying and irrigation, along with other applications that help address food security and environmental problems.
Wednesday’s webinar will dive into the latest livestock-focused agri-tech, seeing how innovative projects are supporting farmers to increase production, whilst also increasing processor efficiency, to support the entire supply chain.
Project 1: OPTI-BEEF
Project Partners: Hectare, Harbro, Innovent, NPL, Ritchie, SRUC
Speaker: Andrew Loftus, Carol-Anne Duthie, Diego Sprekelsen, OPTI-BEEF
A new research and development project involving the beef industry, scientists and precision engineering companies aims to enhance returns for beef producers while helping processors become more efficient. OPTI–BEEF will drive improvements in the productivity, quality and the sustainability of beef production by improving the accuracy of current methods of abattoir carcass grading and creating the first platform for integrating data from ‘calf to carcass’.
Project 2: Healthy Heifer
Project Partners: SmartBell, Innovate UK
Speaker: Jose Chitty, COO, SmartBell
Healthy Heifer is a precision solution to improve heifer rearing for increased productivity across the dairy sector.
Project 3: Well-Calf
Project Partners: Parklands, SRUC, SmartBell
Speaker: Jose Chitty, COO, SmartBell
Funded by Innovate UK, this project aims to develop the first cloud-based decision support platform to serve different levels of decision-making on dairy and beef farms. WELL-CALF’s precision agriculture technology provides support for farm-level decisions (e.g. health management, nutrition) all the way through to policy and practice decisions at the systems level.
The WELL-CALF project works to develop the first precision agriculture integrated monitoring system that was specifically designed for early disease detection or developing health issues in calves from seven days old to sixteen weeks old. The project makes optimising treatment and management practices at an individual animal level a simple and accessible reality for dairy and beef farmers.
The penultimate webinar of Innovation Week 2021 will take a broader perspective of agri-tech, looking at SmartFarm projects around the world and seeing how UK agri-tech can export solutions for the benefit of agriculture worldwide.
Project 1: Paraguay SmartFarm
Speaker: Danie Swart, General Manager, Rhiza
A hugely attractive location for businesses wishing to trade in South America, Paraguayan farmers are working in partnership with Agri-EPI Centre, the Department for International Trade and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on the country’s SmartFarm.
Project 2: China SmartFarm
Speaker: Agri-EPI Centre CTO Dr Shamal Mohammed
The ground-breaking SmartFarm project in Beijing has shown incredible progress since 2018 and continues to utilise a range of UK agri-tech to measure and reduce variances across every level of the supply chain.
Project 3: Finger Millet
Speaker: Dr. Denis Mujibi, USOMI
Our final webinar of Innovation Week 2021 explores the world of aquaculture and sustainable fish farming, drawing inspiration from recent projects working to improve the health of fish on-farm and minimise the environmental impact of aquaculture.
Project 1: New multi-species, marine aquaculture trials facility
Speaker: Kasi McReddie, Agri-EPI Centre
Project 2: Listeria Salmon Detection
Speaker: Rebecca Lewis, Agri-EPI Centre
Project 3: SeaCAP 6000 Project
Speaker: Greg Riddle, Northern Light Consulting