Livestock systems engineering
The goal of the projects and studies of the working group livestock systems engineering is the sustainable improvement of livestock production systems. Livestock systems engineering and works at the interface between animals, environment (e. g. buildings) and technology. Therefore, methods and measurements are based on ethology, environmental test equipment and electronic and optical measuring methods. The evaluation of livestock, building and technology, regarding animal welfare and environmental impact has to be done in a holistic way. Improvements of livestock production systems are in balance when environmental benefits, such as clean alleys in a dairy barn, have a positive side effect on the claw health of dairy cows.