EU SmartCow: funding Opportunities for your research and Study Tour

February 5, 2019 1:04 pm

EU SmartCow: funding Opportunities for your research

The EU SmartCow project is an ‘Infrastructures’ project that links leading facilities across Europe – including Teagasc, INRA, Wageningen, Aarhus, SRUC, Reading, FBN and IRTA. The project runs for 4 years as a ‘starting community’ but we hope it will establish long term. It has many facets, including a training programme and work on techniques for nutrition and behaviour studies. There is quite a focus on novel and less invasive techniques.
The most interesting opportunity is the funding for ‘Transnational Access’ projects – this provides funding for industry or academic teams to conduct studies in partner facilities in a different EU country to the one that they are working in. Note the reservation that whilst you would for example be able to propose work at INRA, Aarhus University or FBN, your organisations would only be able to get work supported in the UK if you are based outside the UK or have teams based in other European countries who could apply.
There are more details about the scheme at: http://www.smartcow.eu/calls/ The second call for proposals to be launched in April 2019.
The meetings in Edinburgh and Dumfries 5th and 6th March will be an opportunity to find out more about SmartCow and the funding opportunities, as well as to see SRUC facilities. Contact Genevieve Cooper, SRUC genevieve.cooper@sruc.ac.uk  if you would like to attend some or all of the events.

More information on EU Smart Cow from:

Richard Dewhurst M.A., Ph.D., R.Anim.Sci., FRSB
Interim Head of Future Farming Systems Group
Professor of Ruminant Nutrition & Production Systems
SRUC, Dairy Research & Innovation Centre, Hestan House,
The Crichton, Bankend Road, Dumfries DG1 4TA
E-mail: richard.dewhurst@sruc.ac.uk
Direct: +44 131 535 4050
Mobile: +44 7887 672267

SMARTCOW STUDY TOUR

Tuesday 5th March
12:30 – 13:00 Arrivals and Welcome at SRUC Easter Howgate Farm (close to Edinburgh)
13:00 – 15:00 Tour of SRUC beef research facilities with presentation from researchers on:
• Feed efficiency and proxies
• Precision livestock farming technologies
• Animal handling and welfare
• Methane emissions (respiration chambers and proxies)
15:00/Transfer by coach from SRUC beef facilities to Dumfries via the commercial farm
16:00 – 17:00 Visit to a commercial beef farm demonstrating precision livestock farming technology, with presentations from the farmer and technical staff of Agri-EPI Centre Ltd
Wednesday 6th March
09:00 – 09:30 Arrivals and Welcome at SRUC – Dumfries
09:30 – 10:30 Lecture by Professor Chris Reynolds
• Using feed protein more efficiently and reducing ammonia emissions from dairy systems
10:30 – 11:00/Coffee break
11:00 – 12:30 SmartCow, a project to promote coordinated use and development
of key European cattle research infrastructure
• Presentation of the project
• Discussion: how can I contribute to SmartCow and what benefits could I reap from it?
Speaker: René Baumont (Inra, France), Chair: Richard Dewhurst (SRUC, UK)
12:30 – 13:30/Lunch break
14:00 – 16:00 Tour of SRUC dairy research facilities with presentation from researchers on:
• Phenotyping within the Langhill breeding experiment
• Nutrition trials with dairy cows
• Calf research facilities
• Precision livestock farming technologies (cow and calf health)
• Laser methane detector (methane proxy)
16:00 – 17:30 Afternoon tea and presentation of SRUC beef research facilities
• Feed efficiency and proxies
• Precision livestock farming technologies
• Animal handling and welfare
• Methane emissions (respiration chambers and proxies)
17:30/Transfer by coach from Dumfries to Edinburgh

Contact Genevieve Cooper, SRUC

 

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