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

TechCare’s People: Gerardo Caja!

Currently Emeritus Professor at the Autonomous University of Barcelona in Bellaterra, I earn an Agricultural Engineer degree and a PhD on Ruminant Nutrition at the Polytechnic University of Madrid. I was early interested in the lactation physiology and nutrition of dairy small ruminants, a keystone in the Spanish livestock industry, and moved to the Polytechnic University of Valencia to organize a research group and to create an experimental flock for studying the machine milking of Manchega dairy breed. I was later invited to join the newly created Faculty of Veterinary of the UAB where I contributed to creation of the Service of Experimental Farms and founded the Ruminant Research Group (G2R) recognized as a Consolidated Group of Research. During many summers and sabbaticals, I have been a visiting researcher in universities and research centers of the United Kingdom, France, Denmark, the United States, Saudi Arabia and New Zealand. I am also scientific coordinator and teacher in the biannual master’s degree in Animal Nutrition of the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Zaragoza (IAMZ-CIHEAM), as well as in various short specialization courses on dairy sheep production and precision farming. I served as a member of the Spanish standardization committees (AENOR) and the international standardization working group (ISO) on electronic livestock identification, advisor of the Ministry of Agriculture (CEIEA) and the EU (DG Agri) on animal identification issues and consultant for FAO. I was elected full member (no. 27) of the Catalan Academy of Veterinary Sciences and granted with the International Prize for Dairy Production from the American Dairy Science Association (ADSA). My main areas of research are the production of dairy ruminants, including lactation physiology, nutrition, adaptation to thermal stress and milking management in sheep and goats, practical applications of electronic identification and sensors in precision livestock farming where I have participated in competitive national and international projects and published numerous research and extension articles (170 in high ranked scientific journals ( and 11 international patents. In the Spanish TechCare project, I am the team leader and the coordinator of national workshops and large-scale trials. I am also the responsible of collection and analysis of small ruminant market data from the TechCare’s countries for business models development.