UTIA hosts U.S. Precision Livestock Conference in Tennessee

The meeting of minds hoped to celebrate the latest agricultural technology and research with global impacts.

More than 200 of the world’s top experts in livestock production recently gathered at the U.S. Precision Livestock Conference hosted by the University of Tennessee’s Institute of Agriculture (UTIA) in Knoxville, Tennessee.

“Really, across all species, we’ve figured out that we can sort of blend technology and livestock production and allow animals to get managed on a more individual level,” said Dr. Troy Rowan, UTIA Assistant Professor.

The conference this year in Knoxville was only the second-ever to take place.

“The theme of this conference is field application,” said Hongwei Xin, UTIA’s Dean of Agriculture Research and Director of the Tennessee Agricultural Experiment Station. “We can do all the research that we want, but ultimately, it should be the application, technologies, and practices that producers could put on their farm.”

Conference topics included the impact of animal welfare on productivity, the economics of precision livestock, and the use of artificial intelligence in agriculture.

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