SmartCow: an integrated infrastructure for increased research capability and innovation in the European cattle sector
Funding: European Community's Horizon 2020 Programme
The future of cattle production faces the need to improve resource use efficiency, to reduce GHG emissions and to improve animal health and welfare. The SmartCow project mobilises 10 research institutions (RIs), specifically INRA-France, SRUC-UK, WU and WUR-DLO-Netherlands, UREAD-UK, FBN-Germany, Teagasc-Ireland, AU-Denmark, IRTA-Spain, CRA-W-Belgium, 1 international organization promoting knowledge exchange for animal science (EAAP), 1 technical institute working on livestock farming (IDELE), 1 small and medium enterprize specialised in big data for the Agri-food industry (AgriMetrics), and 1 company specialised in project management and technology transfer (INRA Transfert). Scientific and technical skills in animal nutrition, genetics, health and welfare, data management and knowledge transfer will be combined to i) develop RIs and stakeholders networks in the cattle sector to improve research practices and foster innovation; ii) offer transnational access to the most advanced research facilities and equipment for the cattle sector; and iii) improve quality and ethics of cattle research through identification and promotion of best practices, new measurements techniques and smart technologies.