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Digital Agritechnology - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128176344

Digital Agritechnology

1st Edition

Robotics and Systems for Agriculture and Livestock Production

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Editor: Toby Mottram
Paperback ISBN: 9780128176344
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 1st June 2021
Page Count: 276
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Digital Agritechnology: Robotics and Systems for Agriculture and Livestock Production describes how systems acquire and use data in livestock production and agricultural systems, and how researchers can extract and aggregate  efficiencies. The origins of digital agritechnology are decades old, with robotic milkers available for over 20 years and GPS-based tractor controls existing for nearly 30. However, only a few capabilities of these sensing and control systems are used. This book addresses the need to educate agriculturists on the full usage scale of these arable and livestock systems.

Key Features

  • Features how-to guides on extracting and analyzing data from digital systems
  • Describes quality standards for data security and transmission
  • Focuses on state-of-the-art systems in livestock production, along with arable and indoor agriculture


Researchers and academics in precision livestock farming/precision animal agriculture and agricultural engineering; farm practitioners

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction and history of digital agritechnology
    2. Data communications between systems IsoBus and canBus
    3. Animal monitoring using sensors mounted on the animal
    4. Wireless communications systems and networks
    5. Precision Livestock Farming of indoor animals
    6. Robotic milking and integrated sensing of dairy cows
    7. Data structures and presenting data
    8. Agricultural applications of UAV/drone captured data
    9. Sensors used in agritechnology
    10. Image capture in Agritechnology
    11. Sensing and control in indoor crop production
    12. Robotic field vehicles
    13. Cloud data and how to use it to manage agriculture
    14. Data analysis on farm and integrating farm accounts and digital data
    15. Digital mapping technologies and their use in farming
    16. The impact of digital data on veterinary diagnostics


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About the Editor

Toby Mottram

Toby Mottram is the founder of the eCow, Milkalyser and VirtualVet companies and an authority in the UK agricultural engineering sector. He held the inaugural position of Douglas Bomford Trust Chair of Farm Mechanisation at the Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester UK from 2012, where he developed a taught course in agritechnology for farm students. He began as a working herdsman and retrained as an engineer. During his career at Silsoe Research UK he co- invented robotic milking, cow breath sampling, in-line milk analysis and the rumen telemetry bolus. After the Institute closed he focused on the pH telemetry bolus producing a commercially viable product which has sold worldwide since 2011. The eBolus provides continuous and accurate data from within a cow's rumen to aid dairy cow management. It is supported by a web enabled data management system. He completed a BBSRC/Royal Society of Edinburgh Enterprise Fellowship in 2016 to develop Milkalyser, a system that will revolutionise dairy cow fertility. He was elected to the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2016. Current projects include rumen telemetry via Bluetooth, hormone sensing and 5G for IoT in agriculture.

Affiliations and Expertise

Royal Agricultural University, Cirencester, UK

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