Integrating innovative TECHnologies along the value Chain to improve small ruminant welfARE management

TechCare’s People: Eliel González-García!

I am an animal nutritionist, researcher at INRAE, with specialisation in adaptive capacities of ruminants reared in harsh environments and in the development and evaluation of sustainable animal production systems. Based at Montpellier, I hold MSc. and PhD. degrees in Animal Science from the Wageningen Agricultural University (The Netherlands) and Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB, Spain), respectively, and I have a career basically developed in tropics and Mediterranean environments, with experience in leading national and international research and development projects. During the last years I have been developing an autoweighing system for small ruminants (Walk-over-Weighing, WoW) which also contributes to estimate, indirectly, the individual daily forage intake in a spectrum of environments. I am the leader of the WP3 and my research activities in the scope of TechCare are mainly focused in the evaluation of the WoW in interaction with other devices and tools, for addressing animal welfare issues such as undernutriton or health constraints, under outdoor and/or indoor conditions.