Ailsa received her Batchelor of Science in Agriculture from the university of Glasgow in 2016, studying at SRUC Craibstone.
INRAE, a world’s leader institute for research on agriculture, food and the environment, carries out mission-oriented researches to address global current and future challenges faced by humankind and the planet.
In the scope of a collaboration looking to put in place the Walk-over-Weighing (WoW) platform under the farming conditions of the local Sarda sheep flock (Sardinia, Italy), Irene Llach Martínez (Engineer Assistant in TechCare, INRAE team) was received in November (3rd to 5th) by the local AGRIS team.
Although the welfare of sheep and goats are often considered to be good, particularly in comparison to species that are farmed more intensively, there are still welfare issues that need to be addressed. Many of these issues arise because animals are managed in large groups and in an extensive environment which can be hard to monitor or observe.
TechCare is a 4-year EU H2020 funded project led by SRUC, which aims to improve welfare management in small ruminant farming systems using innovative precision livestock farming (PLF) technologies. The consent and involvement of stakeholders along the whole value chain of small ruminant farming systems are considered highly important in TechCare project.
We had our first annual meeting on the 19th October 2021. It was the first time since our kick-off meeting in September 2020, that the whole consortium met. We were also fortunate to have some of our Advisory Board members who joined us for the discussions.