This EU Horizon 2020 project is all about increasing the resilience of cattle to an increasingly changing environment. With a combination of more extreme weather events caused by global warming and a historical focus on breeding mostly to increase production efficiency, it is critical that cattle breeders have the tools to be able to also breed for resilience.
Precision livestock phenotyping is a critical element in developing such tools. We need to be able to efficiently measure various aspects of cows' health, welfare and behaviors in a variety of circumstances, both indoors in an intensive farm in the cowshed and outdoors with extensive grazing on the mountain.
The role of Noldus
Noldus is one of the partners developing tools for precision livestock phenotyping. We will develop sensor fusion technologies to combine data from multiple sensors to create robust measures for relevant behaviors of the cows and embed that in our TrackLab software.
This project is led by the French research organization INRA. There are 20 other partners including Europe's leading agricultural universities, farm animal breeders and SMEs.
This project is funded by the Horizon 2020 research program of the European Union under grant number 727213.