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New research project aims to use AI to identify sick livestock
The study will combine artificial intelligence with behavioural analytics to provide insight into animal health.

'Cutting-edge' technology to reduce environmental impact of farming

New research which will use artificial intelligence to help improve the welfare of livestock and provide cost savings for farmers across the UK has been launched.

The research will be led by AI firm Quant Foundry, the University of Bristol Vet School and Agri-EPI Centre. The project will use novel artificial intelligence methods and behavioural analytics to provide fast, reliable insights into animal health for UK farmers.

The collaborative team aims to produce a new cost-effective solution for farmers and veterinary professionals to identify illness in livestock. Helping to provide cost savings and reduce the environmental impact of farming.

Dr Chris Cormack, managing director at Quant Foundry, said: "In conjunction with our research partners, Bristol Veterinary School and Agri-EPI, the study of behavioural analytics in animals will open up a new era in artificial intelligence driven solutions for farmers.

“We have great hopes that not only can we help farmers provide improved care for their livestock but also help reduce their economic costs and their environmental impact."

Professor Andrew Dowsey, chair in Population Health Data Science at Bristol Veterinary School, added: "This collaboration is a fantastic opportunity to translate cutting-edge artificial intelligence approaches to build upon the UK’s high standards in cattle welfare and support farmers in our targets for net-zero emissions."

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Boehringer Ingelheim to host online Christmas comedy special

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 Boehringer Ingelheim (BI) Animal Health is set to host a live Christmas comedy event to provide entertainment and festive fun for veterinary professionals.

BI Animal Health's Christmas Comedy Cracker is a free online event, designed to help veterinary professionals sit back and relax at the end of what has been a difficult year for the whole profession.

The event will take place online at 8pm on Thursday 17 December. Comedian Rhys James will host and the line-up also includes ventriloquist Nina Conti, comedian Zoe Lyons and musical comedy troupe The Noise Next Door.

To register your place for free please visit www.christmascomedycracker.co.uk 

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VMD and VPS announce joint open information day

The Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD) and the Veterinary Products Committee (VPC) have announced a joint open information day covering topics such as veterinary medicines regulations, antimicrobial resistance, scientific advice and novel therapies.

Taking place on Wednesday 18 November, the virtual event will take the form of a series of pre-recorded webinars and a 'Slido' Q&A session. Links to the webinars and full instructions on how to use Slido will be available on gov.uk on 18 November. To join the mailing list for the event, email director.support@vmd.gov.uk