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Friday, 18 July 2014
Interactive Animal Welfare at Royal Highland Show
The Royal Highland Show ran from the 19th-22nd June at
the Royal Highland Centre in Ingliston. As always there was a strong presence
from University of Edinburgh and SRUC scientists as well as displays from many
companies, organisations, and of course, farmers from all over Scotland.
The SRUC pavilion included demonstrations of new
technologies which can be used to improve precision farming, both tackling
animal welfare issues and the need for sustainable intensification with the
future. As well as the interactive exhibits there was also 'Trolleythe Sheep' who demonstrated virtual fencing
enclosures to kids and adults alike. Entertaining as these exhibits are, they
demonstrate the welfare applications of new technologies. Virtual fencing can
be used to keep animals away from dangerous areas without disrupting the home
ranges of native wildlife.
The Highland Show is an excellent opportunity for the
farming community to meet with researchers and to prompt engagement with the
public. It's also an opportunity for Scotland to show off the best it has to
offer in terms of agriculture, from the many tractor displays, the animal
judging, to the outdoor living and countryside arena, showing off everything
from birds of prey displays to ancient medieval woodworking techniques.
Particular highlights on Saturday included the Heavy
Horse Turnouts, as the beautiful summer weather meant the horses and carts were
gleaming in the sunshine.
As always it was a very enjoyable day.
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