A £5 million research project involving nine countries – from Scandinavia to the Middle East – is aiming to revolutionise the use of precision technology in sheep and goat farming.
Led by Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC), TechCare will be the biggest study of its kind for small ruminants and will focus on improving management of welfare, as well as performance.
The four-year project, which has received funding from the EU’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, will assess the usefulness of different precision livestock farming (PLF) approaches for sheep and goat welfare management.
This will include farmers, transporters and abattoirs, as well as consumers and welfare associations. Animal welfare experts and economists from SRUC will also be involved in the project.
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