Projectfocus: IoF2020 Use Case 2.6 on Precision Mineral Supplementation
Precision Mineral Supplementation is Use Case 2.6 of the Internet of Food and Farming 2020 (IoF2020) project.
IoF2020 has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020
research and innovation programme under grant agreement no. 731884.
IoF2020 is dedicated to make precision farming a reality by promoting data-driven technology, that
can improve the comptetitiveness and sustainability of food and farming. IoF2020 is designed to
generate maximum impact right from the outset and in the long-run,
bringing closer together and integrating the supply and demand sides of IoT technologies in
the agri‐food sector. Read more at the IoF2020 webpage - www.iof2020.eu.
The idea of precision mineral supplementation of dairy cows is completely novel and unique, and no other technology
similar to Pitstop+ is found. The use of electronic ear tags for dairy farm management purposes is spreading,
and Pitstop+ uses the open standards HDX or FDX for electronic ear tagging based on ISO
standard 11784 and 11785 according test methods given by point 7 in ISO standard 24631-1. Furthermore,
Pitstop+ uses LoRa wireless networks for communication between the feeders and the master unit, and a
management and supervision interface, Pitstop+ Manager, happen e.g. on basis of WiFi connected mobile
phones, and cloud-based data storages with synchronisation with Integrated Administration and Control
System (IACS) data. The whole systems shall work in an environment with high variations in temperatures
in a dusty, humid atmosphere with high concentrations of ammonia and other aggressive gases.
The Use Case activities are designed to mature Pitstop+ for exploiting its advanced features as well as
its synergies with the existing UC2.3 HERDSMAN+. Establishing test beds in three different regions
ensures a range of location-sensitive issues to be clarified, given their diversity in pre-conditions for
use of IoT based farming systems. The central goal is to showcase and optimise the Pitstop+ system for
commercial use in these three countries / regions to pave the way for access to markets worldwide, or in
specific at the main target markets that are specified in our Feasibility Study, whereof Germany potential
is one of the largest key markets.
The Use Case project runs for two years in 2019 and 2020. Organe Institute ApS is coordinator of the Use Case with
Lithuanian University of Health Sciences
Lehr- und Versuchszentrum Futterkamp
under Landwirtschaftskammer Schleswig-Holstein as partners.
The Use Case is implemented in close contact with stakeholders, first of all the six dairy farms, where Pitstop+ is
demonstrated and trialed, but as well mineral feed suppliers, farm advisory organisations, research, dairies,
representatives of IACS registers holding information about dairy cows, and consumers. A central stakeholder is
MicroFeeder, which is the company that develops the
Pitstop+ technology and will market it in the future.
Information about Use Case activities will be availble from the
as well as from https://www.iof2020.eu/trials/dairy/precision-mineral-feeding and social media.
SuMaNu, which is an abbreviation for the Interreg-Baltic co-funded platform
project "Sustainable manure and nutrient management for reduction of nutrient
loss in the Baltic Sea Region", has started with participation of Organe Institute.
Interreg-Baltic has supported SuMaNu as well as five other platform projects,
which all aims to follow-up on earlier projects in their repective priority area
in order to strengthen project impacts and sustainability of project results, in
particular by better linking of project results with policies.
The aim of the SuMaNu project platform is to enhance the capacity of
authorities, policy makers, farmers and advisors to use and govern
the use of nutrients, especially from manure, in a sustainable way
and to reduce nutrient leaching. The project also aims to enhance
the capacity of the target groups to understand the concept of
nutrient recycling. This will be done by summarizing the project results to sciencebased
recommendations that will be created in close cooperation
with the target groups and communicated via the wide networks of
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The project runs until March 2021, it is led by Natural Resources Institute
Finland (Luke), has a budget of app. € 1 million and has 9 partners.
You find some additional project facts here:
The SuMaNu project, being highly related to policies in the area of nutrient management
in farming, including manure management, fits highly the competences of Organe Institute,
who participates broadly in the project activities. In specific, Organe Institute will clarify
key messages and recommendations of earlier projects, and evaluate the degree of their implementation
and reasons for that in the different Baltic Sea Region countries.
Organe Institute's participation in SuMaNu has its basis in our role as work package leader in
'Baltic Slurry Acidification', and Director of Organe Institute, Henning L. Foged, has also
been work package leader in the earlier strategic project BalticCOMPASS, been involved in
BalticManure, and had a close cooperation with BalticDEAL.
The photo is from BalticCOMPASS, which recommended a wider use of slurry separation, and therefore
supported a cooperative of pig-farmers at Bornholm to establish a mobile slurry separation unit.
Projectfocus: 'Baltic Slurry Acidification'
Baltic Slurry Acidification promotes the implementation of slurry acidification techniques (SAT's) in the
region and mitigates thus airborne eutrophication of the Baltic Sea waters and hazardous aerosol formation in
the Baltic Sea Region. Livestock manure is the main source of ammonia-nitrogen emissions in the region and,
through atmospheric deposition, these emissions account for a significant amount of nitrogen entering the
waters. Ammonia emissions also threaten human health through the formation of particulate aerosols, which
as a pollutant is estimated to have a very high negative impact on human health. Slurry acidification
techniques (SATs) can be used to reduce ammonia losses from livestock manure in livestock housing, manure
storages and from the fields during the application of manure. Several pilot SAT installations and field trials
around the Baltic Sea region will provide concrete experiences that will be disseminated to stakeholders via
field walks, demonstrations and other activities. The project will further clarify technological aspects of
SATs, analyze the environmental and economic implications, conduct market analysis and suggest policy
recommendations that could help dissemination of SAT technology in the Baltic Sea region.
Baltic Slurry Acidification started in March 2016 and lasts three years, until March 2019.
Baltic Slurry Acidification has status as a flagship project, meaning that it has an
acknolwledged role in the implementation of EU's strategy for the Baltic Sea Region.
Our monogram for the project signals the connection to livestock production.
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Read more at the project web site at http://www.balticslurry.eu and follow us at Facebook.
Organe Institute ApS leads WP6 about policies and market analyses. WP6 will do country specific
analyses of related policies, legislation, framework conditions and market potentials
and will thus clarify the potential for use of Slurry Acidification Technologies
(SATs) in the individual Baltic Sea Region (BSR) countries. Danish policies,
legislation and support schemes will be a baseline for policies, legislation and
support schemes in other project countries, and potential enablers and barriers
for the disseminated use of SATs in the Baltic Sea Region countries will be
identified. The activities will include investigation of possible work safety
related provisions associated with SATs, and exchange of Danish ways to take '
necessary precautions. Market analyses will especially focus on the farming
structure and practices that are favouring the use of SATs, such as slurry’s
share of produced livestock manure.
The work from WP 2 (Technical Feasibility Studies), WP 3 (Pilot Installations
and Demonstrations), WP 4 (Field Trials), and analyses from WP 5 (Environmental and
Economic Implications) will support the studies in WP 6. On basis of that, policy
recommendations will be formulated and they will provide the foundation for a qualified
dialogue with target groups, including authorities, farmers organisations, research,
farm advisory services, business and policy makers in the BSR countries concerning the
potentials of SATs as instruments for reach of national targets for air and water
quality as well as for the economic development of the livestock production.
Roundtables geared towards the target groups will be aimed to stimulate cross-sector
and policy oriented dialogue, and to rise the capacity to develop national legislation
and support schemes for SATs. Dissemination and communication activities will also
comprise articles for the project website and various media, newsletters and presentations
at international conferences.
Specific objectives include activities like:
- Country-wise policy recommendations and guidelines
- Roundtable meetings
Projectfocus: 'Pitstop PLUS'
Organe Institute has assisted MicroFeeder to receive funding from the SME Instrument udner EU's Horizon2020 programme for carrying out a
Phase 1 Feasibility Study.
Only about 5% of the very best written proposals based on convincing business cases are seleected for funding under the SME Instrument.
Pitstop PLUS is a market disrupting invention that results from rethinking the way dairy cows should be supplemented in the context of
increased use of TMR along with increasing productivity.
Click here to read more about Pitstop PLUS
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