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19 February, 2019



4th LIVAGE COST CA 16106 Meeting in Galilee 

An international conference of the European Union under the management of MIGAL




Conference Programme

Conference on Ammonia & GHG Emission Reduction and Precision Livestock Husbandry



Around 75% of European ammonia emissions come from livestock production. Emissions occur at all stages of manure management: from buildings housing livestock; during manure storage; following manure application to land; and from urine deposited by livestock on pastures during grazing. Precision livestock husbandry (PLH) promises to allow modern, large-scale farms to develop most precise farming, while preserving the environment, and Internet of things can be helpful to implement precision livestock farming, using algorithms to manage individual animals. Measuring, modelling and mitigation of Ammonia and greenhouse gases (GHG) will be especially dealt with, and includes presentation of the COST CA 16106 achievements.


Venue: Hotel Galilion, Upper Galilee, Israel.

Scientific Committee:

Prof Guoqiang Zhang, Denmark; Dr Melynda Hassouna, France; Georgios I. Arsenos, Greece; Dr Thomas BARTZANAS, Greece; Dr Andre AARNINK, Nederland; Dr Yael Laor, Israel; Dr Aviv Asher, Israel; Prof Uri Marchaim, Israel.


Programme COST LiveAGE on Ammonia & GHG Emission Reduction and Precision Livestock Husbandry. "Towards Precision livestock husbandry and its potential to mitigate ammonia and GHG emissions"

Tuesday, 19 February 2019

07:30-08:30    Registration
08:30-08:45    Greetings
08:45-09:00    Uri Marchaim, Israel, MIGAL - Short description of activities
Opening lecture
09:00-09:15    Guoqiang Zhang, Denmark, “Emission modelling of ammonia from livestock housing - from laboratory study to field application”
First Session
09:15-09:30    Oded Liran, Israel, "Quadrupole Mass Spectrometer can be an adequate alternative to current methods that monitor greenhouse gas emissions from livestock housings".
09:30-09:45    Ilan Halachmi, Israel, "Precision Livestock Husbandry (PLH) from academic research to on farm application; improved production efficiency, animal welfare and GHG emission reduction"
09:45-10:00    Harel Levit, Israel, "Real-time animal response to climate changes"
10:00-10:15    Miroslav Radeski, Macedonia. "Detection of sheep locomotion and behaviour using leg mounted accelerometer"
10:15-10:30    Yael Ben-Zvi, Israel, "Treating livestock with constructed wetland"
10:30-10:45    Arieh Brosh, Israel, "Remote sensing for cattle handling by Monitor equipment"
10:45-11:00    Aviv Asher, Israel, "The use of Precision Livestock Husbandry to improve feed efficiency in beef and dairy cattle"
11:00-11:30    Coffee break
Second session
11:30-12:00    Barbara Amon, ATB, Germany, "Challenges of Inventory Preparation: Activity Data, Emission Factors and Models”
12:00-12:15    Yael Laor, Shahar Baram, Israel, "Evaluating air emissions from open and closed static composting piles with forced aeration"
12:15-12:30    Thomas Banhazi, Australia “modelling ammonia emissions and using PLF technologies to ultimately reduce ammonia concentrations and emission levels”
12:30-12:45    George Skevis, Greece, "Biogenic ammonia capture and utilization as a waste-to-energy option: The SMARTCATS experience"
12:45-13:00    David Janke, Germany, Influence of wind direction and sampling strategy on the determination of ammonia emissions in naturally ventilated dairy barns
13:00-13:15    Dilya Willink, Germany, "Modeling the NH3 emission of a naturally ventilated dairy barn - A first analysis of different approaches"
13:15-13:30    Knut-Håkan Jeppsson, Sweden. "Improved pen hygiene and reduced ammonia emission in a partly slatted fattening pig house during warm thermal conditions"

13:30-14:30    Lunch
Third session
14:30-15:00    Stéphane Godbout, Canada, " Reduction of emissions from animal production in Canada: 15 years of research"
15:00-15:30    Raúl Muñoz Torre, Spain, Biotechnologies for the abatement of odours and greenhouse gas emissions
15:30-15:45    Alexandros Theodoridis, Greece, "Quantitative techniques for performance evaluation and benchmarking: Modeling undesirable inputs and outputs"
15:45-16:00    Athanasios Ragkos, Greece, "Environmental valuation techniques: Applications in livestock production and socioeconomic modelling of environmental friendly techniques"
16:00-16:15    Marek Maasikmets, "Sulphurous aerosol precursors from the animal husbandry"
16:15-16:30    Asher Bar Tal, Israel. "Greenhouse gases emissions are reduced by frequent cultivation of dairy bedding"
16:30-16:45    Jože Verbič, Slovenia. "Milk urea concentration as a tool to reduce the nitrogen footprint of milk production in conditions of small scale farming"
16:45-17:00    Sotiria Vouraki, Greece, "Effect of ammonia levels on milk yield and composition of intensively reared dairy ewes"
17:00-17:15    Dominika Krol, "Mitigation of ammonia and greenhouse gas emissions from stored cattle slurry using acidifiers and chemical amendments".
17:15-17:30    Coffee break
Open discussion
17:30-18:00    "Towards Precision livestock husbandry and its possible effect on mitigation ammonia emission"

This publication was produced with the financial support of the European Union. Its contents are the sole responsibility of MIGAL, and do not necessarily reflect the views of the European Union.


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