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Upcoming Events

all-day SmartCow session – EAAP 70th Ann... @ Ghent, Belgium
SmartCow session – EAAP 70th Ann... @ Ghent, Belgium
Aug 26 – Aug 30 all-day
SmartCow session - EAAP 70th Annual Meeting 2019 @ Ghent, Belgium
The EAAP annual meeting will be held on 26th – 30th August 2019 in Ghent, Belgium. SmartCow representatives will join a CDB session with other five Europen projects (FeedaGene, Image, Saphir, GplusE, GenTORE) SmartCow project integrates[...]
5:15 pm SmartCow project at Internationa... @ Leipzig, Germany
SmartCow project at Internationa... @ Leipzig, Germany
Sep 4 @ 5:15 pm – 6:15 pm
SmartCow project at International Symposium on Ruminant Physiology 2019 @ Leipzig, Germany
The International Symposium on Ruminant Physiology will take place from 3 – 6 September 2019 in the fabulous KONGRESSHALLE am Zoo Leipzig. SmartCow representatives will present the project on 4th September 2019 at 5.15pm. Place: [...]
all-day SmartCow Project at ATF annual m... @ Brussels, Belgium
SmartCow Project at ATF annual m... @ Brussels, Belgium
Nov 6 all-day
SmartCow Project at ATF annual meeting 2019 @ Brussels, Belgium
A joint event, focusing on stakeholders, will be held on 6th November in Brussels during the Animal Task Force annual meeting. The event will be jointly organized by ATF and EAAP. SmartCow project will partecipate[...]

SmartCow: an integrated infrastructure for increased research capability and innovation in the European cattle sector 

SmartCow integrates key European cattle research infrastructures to promote their coordinated use and development and thereby help the European cattle sector face the challenge of sustainable production. Covering all the relevant scientific fields and the diversity of cattle types and production systems, SmartCow will provide the academic and private research communities with easy access to 11 major research infrastructures from 7 countries (18 installations) of high quality services and resources. These are needed to develop innovative and ethical solutions for efficient use of animal and feed resources that promote animal welfare and healthy livestock, as well as sustainable competitiveness. SmartCow combines strong scientific and technical skills in animal nutrition (in vivo methods for nutrient utilization and emissions measurements), genetics (genotyped animals, phenotyping capabilities), health and welfare (sensors and automatic recordings of physiological and behavioural traits) and ethics in animal experimentation.

SmartCow will combine in a closely co-ordinated manner:

Networking activities (NA) to inventory of all animals RIs and capabilities in European countries, harmonise measurements methods, ensure common standards, notably through improvement of the cattle phenotyping ontology, create a cloud-based data platform to store and share data and disseminate project outcomes and involve stakeholders;

Transnational access activities (TNA) to provide efficient and easy access to a wide range of cattle types, husbandry and feeding systems, and to the most advanced animal science technologies applied to cattle;

Joint research activities (JRA) to improve the quality and ethics of research services through advances in the capabilities to investigate feed efficiency and emissions in cattle at a large scale and to valorise data coming from sensors monitoring nutrition, health and behaviour.

Promotion of transnational access and dissemination of SmartCow outcomes and innovations for maximum impact will be supported by a Stakeholder Platform composed of pre- and post-farm gate industry, farmer organisations, NGOs, policy makers at national and EU levels.

SmartCow assembles 14 partners from 9 different countries and has received a funding from the European Commission (through the Horizon 2020 programme INFRAIA-2017-01 call) for a project period of 4 years (2018-22).


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