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Max-Eyth-Allee 100

14469 Potsdam


Tel. +49 (0)331 5699-0


Coordinating institute

Animal Welfare and Livestock Husbandry Systems

Contact: Gundula HoffmannThomas Amon

Modern livestock husbandry systems have to meet animals needs and must be environmentally friendly and economically efficient. ATB research analyses construction and technological mechanisms of livestock houses, animal welfare and behaviour, and physiological and ergonomic parameters of farm workers. The development of animal specific indicators and automatic analysis and control units allows the monitoring of relevant indicators and processes (e. g. diseases, stress, strain on tissue during milking). This is important to recognize and reduce risks and problems in animal husbandry as soon as possible. The recording of activity and physiological conditions of dairy cows allows for the development of innovative indexes for heat stress and animal welfare and for the quantification of heat stress impacts on vitality, behaviour and performance.

The research work is done by an interdisciplinary team of agricultural scientists, physicists, meteorologists and veterinarians. Investigations are conducted at the welfare-barn of the Institute for Education and Research in Groß Kreutz and on a commercial dairy farm of the Mecklenburg Vorpommern State Institute for Agriculture and Fishery in Dummerstorf. 

Our work in the field of “animal welfare and animal husbandry” is closely related to research on "barn climate and emissions".


Current research questions:

  • Health monitoring, stress evaluation and ethology of farm animals
  • Determination of the optimal animal comfort via analysis of the physiological reactions of dairy cows to varying environmental conditions (OptiBarn)
  • Investigation of vital signs, behaviour and performance parameters to assess the strain of dairy cows under heat stress conditions 
  • Development of a forecast model for the animal individual risk of heat stress in dairy cows
  • Derivation of adaption strategies to climate change in the field of barn construction
  • Sensor-based recording of animal individual behaviour and enhancement of herd management 

Program events

Sept 17-20, 2019: Trainingschool on measuring and modelling gaseous emissions from livestock systems, Potsdam

The interdisciplinary training school provides hands-on training in measuring and modelling on...

26. Sept. 2019: Potsdam innovativ - Vor Ort am ATB

Potsdam innovativ ist eine Veranstaltungsreihe für innovative Unternehmer, Wissenschaftler und...

Sept 30 - Oct 2, 2019: Workshop on integrated sustainable nitrogen management

The European Commission and the Task Force on Reactive Nitrogen (TFRN) under the UNECE Convention...

Program news

Gebündelte Kompetenz in der Region

10. Mai 2019: Im Interview des Clusters Optik und Photonik Berlin-Brandenburg beschreibt...

Transatlantic exchange

Feb 5, 2019: Experts from Washington State, USA, and from German institutions met at ATB to discuss...


Präzises Modell für den optimalen Fruchtbehang

6. Juni 2019: Brandenburgs Agrar- und Umweltstaatssekretärin Dr. Carolin Schilde informierte sich bei ihrem gestrigen Besuch am ATB-Forschungsstandort Marquardt über Ergebnisse des EIP-Agri Projekts...

Projekt SunBot: Autonome Pflegehelfer für das Beerenobst

14. Aug. 2018: Ein autonom fahrender, mit Energie aus Photovoltaik gespeister Traktor soll künftig in Strauchbeerenanlagen gezielt die Pflege des Unterwuchses übernehmen und damit helfen, Ertrag und...

Leibniz-Institut für Agrartechnik und Bioökonomie e.V. · Max-Eyth-Allee 100 · 14469 Potsdam · Germany · Tel. +49 (0)331 5699 0 · E-mail