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Workshop 1

Not only a success story: A workshop on lessons learned from the past and what is really needed to move from precision to smart dairy farming!

Monday, 29.08.22 from 4:00 - 6:00 pm

Lecture Hall: Lecture Hall D, Building GA

Fees: included in the conference ticket

Organizer: Miel Hostens


Since the introduction of PLF, many new soft- and hardware technologies have been introduced in the dairy industry. Meanwhile multiple small regional and large international consortia have executed precision livestock projects all over the world. We often hear about the success stories. However, it is probably as interesting to hear and openly discuss the challenges and maybe even failures we have experienced on this journey of PLF. During this workshop different speakers will address challenges such as legal concerns around data sharing, knowledge gap between data and dairy science, research-industry collaborations, industry readiness… during an interactive workshop.

Participants are encouraged to contact the organizer if willing to share specific challenges.


Victor Cabrera, Animal & Dairy Sciences, University of Wisconsin Madison, USA

Jeffrey Bewley, Holstein Association, USA

NEDAP (Speaker TBA)

Miel Hostens, Department of Farm Animal Health, Utrecht University, The Netherlands

Maximum number of participants:  unlimited

Workshop 2

Early warning systems: utopia or reality?

Tuesday, 30.08.22 from 4:00 - 5:30 pm

Lecture Hall:‘Großes Sitzungszimmer‘ (Room CA06B23), Building CA, 1st Floor

Fees: included in the conference ticket

Organizer: Christina Umstätter and Ute Müller


Developing early warning systems for health and welfare issues has been a research goal for a long time now. Despite the strong effort, not many reliable and accurate systems are currently on the market.

Two short keynote presentations will give an impulse on the causes of the limited success dealing with the topics of statistics of rare events and a framework for automated detection of health and welfare-related issues. The presentations will be followed by an open discussion on the impact the findings have and how to develop the research field further.


Ute Müller, Institute of Animal Science, University of Bonn, Germany

Christina Umstätter, Thünen Institute of Agricultural Technology, Braunschweig, Germany

Maximum number of participants: 30

Workshop 3

The future of feeding automation: Industry changes and potential for improvement

Wednesday, 31.08.22 from 4:00 - 5:30 pm

Lecture hall:‘Seminarraum Botanik’ (Room GA09Boo), Building GA, 4th Floor

Fees: included in the conference ticket

Organizer:  GEA


Feeding activities represents the larger portion of the operational cost. In times where production cost are getting higher; tools to make farmers more precise and as consequence more effective becomes key.

During this workshop we would like to discuss with you the following topics:

  • What stops dairy producers to go into feeding automation?
  • What type of feeding reports would help dairy producer to be more efficient? How these reports should look like?
  • Introduction to GEA DairyFeed F4500. Get to know GEA´s latest innovation and give us feedback on how we can make it even better.

Benefits for the participants

  • Get a deeper understanding of the industry challenges
  • Exchange information with other experts about common challenges
  • Get inside about the latest feeding technology available in the market
  • Being an active participant in the development of future solution


Carolina Hennings, GEA, Head of Automatic Feeding Systems PLM

Maximum number of participants: 70

Workshop 4

DiLaAg – Digitalisation in agriculture

Friday, 02.09.22 from 2:00 - 3:30 pm

Lecture hall: Lecture Hall D, Building GA

Fees: included in the conference ticket

Organizer: DiLaAg consortium


The project ‘DiLaAg - Digitization and Innovation Laboratory in Agricultural Sciences’, a cooperation between the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, the TU Wien and the University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna on the initiative of the Province of Lower Austria, has made an important contribution to the formation of a ‘scientific nucleus’ in the field of digitization in agriculture over the past 3 years.

This includes both the training of young scientists through a doctoral college and the establishment of an innovation platform for research, development, training and consulting in the field of digitization.

This workshop will present recent research from the DiLaAg consortium on the trends in sustainability assessment, pasture management, precision livestock farming (PLF) technologies on pasture, and ‘digital twins.’


Barbara Pichlbauer, University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna, Austria

Waren Purcell, TU Wien, Austria

Jose Maria Chapa Gonzalez, University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna, Austria

Francisco Medel-Jimenez, University of Natural Resources and Life Science, Vienna

Maximum number of participants: 50