Field Implementation of Precision Livestock Farming: Selected Proceedings from the 2nd U.S. Precision Livestock Farming Conference

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Zhao, Yang
Siegford, Janice M.
Gan, Hao
Wang-Li, Lingjuan
Berckmans, Daniel
Burns, Robert T.
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Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute
Ramirez, Brett
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Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering

Since 1905, the Department of Agricultural Engineering, now the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering (ABE), has been a leader in providing engineering solutions to agricultural problems in the United States and the world. The department’s original mission was to mechanize agriculture. That mission has evolved to encompass a global view of the entire food production system–the wise management of natural resources in the production, processing, storage, handling, and use of food fiber and other biological products.

In 1905 Agricultural Engineering was recognized as a subdivision of the Department of Agronomy, and in 1907 it was recognized as a unique department. It was renamed the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering in 1990. The department merged with the Department of Industrial Education and Technology in 2004.

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  • Department of Agricultural Engineering (1907–1990)

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Precision Livestock Farming (PLF) involves the real-time monitoring of images, sounds, and other biological, physiological, and environmental parameters to assess and improve animal health and welfare within intensive and extensive production systems. Precision Livestock Farming systems have the potential to empower farmers to make better management decisions, based upon objective measures, during an animal production cycle. The potential benefits from PLF systems can only be realized if these systems are adopted in practice by livestock and poultry producers. The advancement of research in digital agriculture, and, more specifically, PLF technologies, over the past decade has been very impressive; however, the field implementation of PLF technology has not occurred at the same rate as research advancements.
This proceeding is published as Zhao, Yang, Brett C. Ramirez, Janice M. Siegford, Hao Gan, Lingjuan Wang-Li, Daniel Berckmans, and Robert T. Burns. "Field Implementation of Precision Livestock Farming: Selected Proceedings from the 2nd US Precision Livestock Farming Conference." Animals 14, no. 7 (2024): 1128. doi: Copyright: © 2024 by the authors. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license (