First SmartCow Stakeholders meeting @ Brussels, Belgium
Jun 5 @ 9:30 am – 4:30 pm

A first meeting of the Stakeholder platform was held in Brussels on June 5th

Promotion of transnational access and dissemination of SmartCow outcomes and innovations for maximum impact will be supported by a Stakeholder Platform at national and EU levels.

The potential Stakeholders of SmartCow are key players and experts in the field of sustainable agriculture, animal nutrition, genetics, health and welfare, farming technologies, climate impacts; from industry, advisory bodies, farmers’ organisations, NGOs, policy makers. The objectives of Stakeholders’ commitment in SmartCow are to ensure i) that the results of the SmartCow project have maximum impact and that methodologies and tools are broadly disseminated and appropriated throughout the cattle production chain and ii) the relevance of activities for the pre- and post-farm gate industries, advisory bodies, farmers’ organisations…

The first meeting of the stakeholder platform in Brussels was the opportunity to consult European stakeholders on the research priorities for the TNA calls, on the dissemination and the exploitation plan of the project, on the proposed catalogue of training and study tours. The contribution of stakeholders to the dissemination of SmartCow methods and results as well as their direct implications in TNA activities were also discussed. A wide list of research priorities was built that covers:

  • Efficient use of feed resources
  • Mitigation options to reduce GHG and other emissions
  • Efficient and robust animals, adaptation to climate change
  • Animal health and welfare
  • Product quality
  • Precision cattle farming
  • Phenotyping and monitoring tools: biomarkers, sensors
  • Comprehensive behavioural, digestive and metabolic physiological studies in cattle
SmartCow Session – EAAP 69th Annual Meeting 2018 @ Dubrovnik, Croatia
Aug 27 @ 8:30 am – 12:30 pm
SmartCow Session - EAAP 69th Annual Meeting 2018 @ Dubrovnik, Croatia

The EAAP annual meeting will be held on 27th – 31st August 2018 at Valamar Resort, in Dubrovnik, Croatia. SmartCow representatives will join this important event to present the project.

SmartCow project integrates key European cattle research infrastructures to promote their coordinated use and development and will provide the academic and private research communities with easy access to 11 major research infrastructures from 7 countries.

The session n. 6 “Introducing the SmartCow infrastrucure project” will be held on 27th August from 8:30 to 12:30, at Hotel President, room Olipa 2.

The agenda will be:



“SmartCow: integration research infrastructures to foster innovation in the European cattle sector”

R. Baumont, R. Dewhurst, B. Kuhla, C. Martin, L. Munksgaard, C. Reynolds, M. O’Donovan, A. Rosati


Transnational access to leading European cattle research facilities in the EU project SmartCow

B. Esmein, R. Dewhurst, L. Munksgaard, R. Baumont


SmartCow’s training and capacity building activities

P. Dumonthier, B. Esmein, R. Baumont


Stakeholders engagement in SmartCow

F. Macherez, B. Esmein, R. Baumont


See you in Dubrovnik!

SmartCow Project at International Symposium on the Nutrition Herbivores 2018 (ISNH) @ Clermont-Ferrand, France
Sep 5 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

The International Symposium on the Nutrition of Herbivores (ISNH) is an international scientific conference that addresses a whole range of issues linked to the nutrition of herbivores in production systems or in the wild. The 10th edition will be hosted by the French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA) and will be held from 2nd to 6th September 2018 in Clermont-Ferrand, France.

INRA and SRUC, as representatives of SmartCow consortium, will present the project on 5th September 2018 from 17:30 to 18:30, room 662.

The main topics will be:

  • General presentation of SmartCow (René Baumont – project’s coordinator, INRA, France)
  • Research activities in SmartCow (Cécile Martin – INRA, France)
  • Transnational access to SmartCow research infrastructures (Richard Dewhurst – SRUC, UK)

SmartCow project is also one of the sponsor of the event.

For more information and the full programme please visit the ISNH website.

Study Tour at Scotland’s Rural College @ Scotland's Rural College (SRUC)
Mar 5 – Mar 6 all-day

Study tour at Scotland’s Rural College – SRUC (UK), 5th and 6th March

If you are a stakeholder, scientist, technician or student in cattle production, from any EU country…

If you feel concerned about issues of innovations to improve feed efficiency, reduce GHG emissions and improve the welfare of beef cattle…

If you want to visit beef and dairy facilities and meet scientists of SRUC in Scotland

If you want to learn about the EU funded SmartCow project and how you can contribute to it…


… the SmartCow project invites you to a free study tour at Scotland’s Rural College 

Download the program here

Register here

Discover the complete SmartCow Training program

SmartCow Project at ICAR 2019 Conference @ Prague Congress Centre
Jun 17 – Jun 21 all-day
SmartCow Project at ICAR 2019 Conference @  Prague Congress Centre

The ICAR 2019 Conference will be held in Prague from 17th to 21st June 2019.

SmartCow project will make a general communication describing the project and will present what it has started to develop concerning phenotyping:

Smartcow’s improvements to recording of phenotypes:

  • Contribution to the unification of methods and protocols across Europe
  • Improvement of recording, interoperability and analysis of data thanks to a cloudbased data-platform
  • Improvement of ontologies for bovine phenotypic traits and environment conditions parameters

The communication will take place in Session n°1: “New Traits & Developments in Beef Cattle Breeding”.

For more information and the full programme please visit the conference website.

7th ATF-EAAP Special Session – 70th EAAP Annual Meeting @ Ghent, Belgium
Aug 26 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Since 2013, the EAAP & ATF Special Session during the EAAP Annual Meeting aims to bring together animal science with practice of animal production and connect researchers, policy-makers, industry representatives and societal organisations. Every year, a different topic is addressed during this half-day session.

The session would like to engage discussion with farmers, industries, scientists, policy makers and with the society. Most important findings will be discussed with a panel. The session will be held on 26th August 2019 from 2pm to 5 pm and the topic will be: “Towards a climate smart European livestock farming“.

The outcomes of the session will be discussed with a large panel of European stakeholders during the ATF seminar, in Brussels, on 6th Nov. 2019.

For more information and the program visit the website.

See you in Ghent!

SmartCow project at the 70th EAAP Annual Meeting @ Ghent, Belgium
Aug 28 @ 11:45 am
SmartCow project at the 70th EAAP Annual Meeting @ Ghent, Belgium

The 70th EAAP Annual Meeting will take place from 26th to 30th August 2019 in Ghent, Belgium.

The Coordinator René Baumont, as representative of SmartCow consortium, will present the project during the session n°36 “Beef farming and products towards the future” at 11:45.

The session n°36 will be held on Wednesday 28th August 2019 and it will be chaired by Jean-François Hoquette (room Jan Van Eyck).

René Baumont will give the presentation: “SmartCow: fostering synergies through mapping cattle research infrastructures and research” – O’Donovan, R. Baumont, E. Kennedy, C. Guy, C. Fossaert, P. Madrange and B. Esmein

At the EAAP Annual Meeting also a poster will be presented: Session type: 45.14 “Faecal-NIRS for predicting digestibility and intake in cattle: efficacy of two calibration strategy (Andueza, P. Nozière, S. Herremans, A. De La Torre, E. Froidmont, F. Picard, J. Pourrat, I. Constant, C. Martin and G. Cantalapiedra-Hijarme) The session is n. 45 “Alarm management, individual feed efficiency, data quality and data ownership, decision support systems”, Chair: Pastell / Kasarda / Maselyne (room Van Rysselberge).


Fitter Livestock Farming session – EAAP 70th Annual Meeting 2019 @ Ghent, Belgium
Aug 28 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

The 70th EAAP annual meeting will be held on 26th – 30th August 2019 in Ghent, Belgium. During this event, SmartCow representatives will participate to a joint session with other five European projects (Feed-a-Gene, IMAGE, SAPHIR, GplusE, GenTORE). This cluster, named Fitter Livestock Farming PG, aims to bring innovation to food and sustainable agriculture. The group is coordinated under the Common Dissemination Booster (CDB).

The session n°43 “Burning issues in biodiversity 2: fitter livestock farms from better gene banks” will be held on 28th August from 14:00 to 17:00 at the International Convention Center (ICC), room Baeckland 1. The session will be chaired by Michèle Tixier-Boichard (IMAGE project).

For more information and program click here.

See you in Ghent!


SmartCow project at International Symposium on Ruminant Physiology 2019 @ 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:  Great ballroom (Großen Saal) –  Session: “Biosensors and Big Data Management”.

ISRP is the major international conference on ruminant physiology. It provides an overview of current, important scientific findings and areas of research in the physiology of ruminants of all kinds.



ATF-Fitter Livestock stakeholder workshop – ATF annual meeting 2019 @ Brussels, Belgium
Nov 6 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

A joint event ATF – Fitter Livestock Farming PG will be held on 6th November afternoon in Brussels during the 2019 Animal Task Force annual meeting.

The workshop “What R&I can deliver to support climate mitigation and adaptation in livestock farming” will bring together animal scientists with livestock professionals and advisors, as well as researchers, non-profit & societal organisations and industry representatives, to discuss sustainable
use of resources, preservation of biodiversity, livestock gene bank collections and improvement of soil quality in the livestock sector.

SmartCow project will partecipate with other 5 European projects.

The workshop is free, but registration is mandatory!

For more information and registration visit the dedicated webpage.

The following material is now available on the Animal Task Force’s website: