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Small Ruminant Technology - Precision Livestock Farming and Digital Technology for Small Ruminants

Objective

Rural economies across Europe, and associated countries, heavily rely on small ruminant (SR) systems, particularly in areas unsuitable for other alternative agriculture purposes. Despite recent advances in precision livestock farming (PLF) and digital technologies (DT) to improve farm practices, the SR sector shows a slow rate of practitioners’ uptake. There is a need to improve awareness and knowledge transfer on the potential of technology applications and return on investment. Sm@RT aims to improve understanding, awareness and uptake of the different technologies currently available to the SR sector, and further to facilitate ‘solutions to needs’ and identification of technology gaps.
The project will develop a long-term, self-sustainable European/International network to encourage the use of PLF and DT across the SR sector. The network will stimulate knowledge exchange and cross-fertilisation amongst a wide range of stakeholders, including drawing upon the valuable input and knowledge of farmers to farmers, to help increase uptake across the industry.
Sm@RT will focus on the use of PLF and DT across all types of sheep and goat management systems and environments. Sm@RT will use an original interactive transdisciplinary and multi-actor approach, relying on well-equipped demonstration farms (‘digifarms’) and innovative commercial farms to foster exchanges with the SR industry. This iterative step-by-step approach implicates relevant actors at the right level in the knowledge exchange process, thus boosting dissemination in a trusting environment and creating a dynamic to motivate IT companies to propose suitable PLF and DT solutions for the SR sector. Sharing of experiences across both local and transnational levels will create wider opportunities to collect and exchange knowledge, thus enabling Sm@RT to communicate and disseminate information and guidelines widely, increasing efficiency and sustainability of SR farming in Europe and beyond.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/economics/sustainable economy
  • /agricultural sciences/animal and dairy science

Call for proposal

H2020-RUR-2020-1
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Funding Scheme

CSA - Coordination and support action

Coordinator

SRUC
Address
West Mains Road
EH9 3JG Edinburgh
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 376 182

Participants (10)

INSTITUT DE L'ELEVAGE
France
EU contribution
€ 280 401
Address
Rue De Bercy 149
75012 Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
NIBIO - NORSK INSTITUTT FOR BIOOKONOMI
Norway
EU contribution
€ 250 562,50
Address
Hoegskoleveien 7
1430 Aas
Activity type
Research Organisations
TEAGASC - AGRICULTURE AND FOOD DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 181 905
Address
Oak Park
R93 Carlow
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
DEBRECENI EGYETEM
Hungary
EU contribution
€ 109 312,50
Address
Egyetem Ter 1
4032 Debrecen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
AGRIS SARDEGNA - AGENZIA PER LA RICERCA IN AGRICOLTURA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 183 125
Address
Localita Bonassai Ss 291 Km 18 6
07100 Sassari
Activity type
Research Organisations
INSTITUT NATIONAL DE RECHERCHE POUR L'AGRICULTURE, L'ALIMENTATION ET L'ENVIRONNEMENT
France
EU contribution
€ 95 545
Address
Rue De L'universite 147
75338 Paris Cedex 07
Activity type
Research Organisations
MOREDUN RESEARCH INSTITUTE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 131 321,25
Address
Pentlands Science Park, Bush Loan
EH26 0PZ Penicuik
Activity type
Research Organisations
THE AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH ORGANISATION OF ISRAEL - THE VOLCANI CENTRE
Israel
EU contribution
€ 202 125
Address
Derech Hamcabim 68
50250 Bet Dagan
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
EESTI MAAULIKOOL
Estonia
EU contribution
€ 93 547,50
Address
Kreutzwaldi 1
51014 Tartu
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
IN EXTENSO INNOVATION CROISSANCE
France
EU contribution
€ 93 187,50
Address
Route Des Lucioles 2000 Thales B Sophia Antipolis
06410 Biot
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)