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The broad range of research topics reported in this abstract book is a valuable resource for researchers, advisors, teachers and professionals in agriculture. ICT in agriculture, the field of EFITA's interest, precision agriculture and precision livestock farming are becoming ever more relevant as the agricultural industry struggles to come to terms with various developments. These include issues of cooperation, Internet, standardisation, software architecture, robotics, environment, animal and human welfare, economics, traceability, farm management, vehicle guidance, crop management, animal disease and livestock management. Whilst some benefits have proved elusive, others contribute positively to today's agriculture. Research continues to be necessary and needs to be reported and disseminated to a wide audience. Also note that the reviewed papers from the 4th European Conference on Precision Livestock Farming and the 7th ECPA conference are presented in companion publications.Could virtual fences work without giving cows electric shocks? ... .ac.uk Virtual fences could have many positive effects on livestock farming and nature conservation: reduction of fencing costs and maintenance costs, feasibility to fence in difficult terrain, increased flexibility in fencing, no adverse effects on wildlife ... However, the approaches at the moment do all include electric shock as aversive stimulus.

Author:C. Lokhorst, J. F. M. Huijsmans, R. P. M. De Louw
Publisher:Wageningen Academic Pub - 2009-01-01


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