Agricultural Engineering

ILVO’s Agricultural Engineering department has broad experience in agricultural mechanisation, harvest and post-harvest technology, precision livestock farming, environmental technology, energy technology, spray application techniques, milking technology, monitoring and control, image processing, ICT and automation. This expertise is available to farmers, organisations, companies and government authorities. Our strength lies in our test equipment, our scientific expertise, and our workshop for prototype development and construction of experimental setups.
Our services include a certified service for air emissions & sustainable agricultural production systems, the accredited inspection of spraying equipment, the accredited inspection and quality control maintenance of dairy equipment, and technological assistance in general.

ICT/Automation

ILVO’s Agricultural Engineering research area offers a wide range of expertise regarding algorithm development, data management and geographic ICT with focus on the automation of processes, improved information provision and support of prototype development.

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Machine Development

The Agricultural Engineering department puts its extensive expertise to work on machine development (design, development and prototyping) and adjustment. This group holds a great deal of experience in developing very specific agricultural machinery for niche applications.

chicory cutter



Measurements and Evaluation of Indoor Air Quality, Aerial Emissions and Low Emission Animal Housing Systems (Gases, Particulate Matter and Odour)

The Agricultural Engineering research area performs environmental measurements (ammonia, particulate matter, odour, greenhouse gases,…) in order to evaluate indoor air quality, environmental impacts (emissions) and the efficiency of low emission techniques. Agricultural Engineering also supports the development and evaluation of low ammonia emission animal housing systems.

measurements air quality of animal housing systems





Spray Tech Lab

The BELAC accredited Spray Tech Lab (197 – T – ISO 17 025) is specialised in the characterisation and evaluation of pesticide application techniques and spray nozzles.

Spray tech lab



Durability of Bedding Materials

The research group on precision livestock farming (part of ILVO’s Agricultural Engineering department) is investigating how an optimal choice of stable materials assists in preventing physical discomfort or injuries such as mastitis or lameness. The mechanical properties of these materials are very important with respect to durability (usable life of the materials), as well as animal comfort and hygiene.

loading test



Durability of Stable Flooring

The research group on precision livestock farming (part of ILVO’s Agricultural Engineering department) is investigating how an optimal choice of stable materials assists in preventing physical discomfort or injuries such as claw disease or lameness. The mechanical properties of these materials such as the durability (lifetime) and type of wearing have an important impact on discomfort and injuries.

Durability of stable flooring




Analysis of Mechanical Impacts During Potato Harvesting

The Agricultural Engineering research area has expertise in the screening of potato lines to prevent impact damage during harvest and post-harvest handling. To accomplish this we use an electronical device or artificial potato that records impacts during processing. Potato harvesters, washing installations, sorting machines etc. can be screened using this method.

artificial potato


Underwater Weighing of Fruit and Vegetables

Expertise and equipment is available for hydrostatic or underwater weighing of fruit and vegetables. The underwater weight of potatoes in particular is an important determinant for their susceptibility to mechanical damage such as bruises.

Zootechnical Dairy Research

Animal Husbandry: digestion and nutrient balance experiments with Holstein cows.
Agricultural Engineering: measurements of the teats and (early) detection of lameness in cows based on gait analysis.

Zootechnical diary research

Contact persons

Sam De Campeneere (animal husbandry), Stephanie Van Weyenberg (agricultural engineering)

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Zootechnical Swine Research

Animal Husbandry: digestion and nutrient balance experiments with Holstein cows.
Agricultural Engineering: monitoring the daily eating and drinking pattern of fattening pigs, determining the weight distribution of sows, and imaging of the posture of sows to detect problems with health and production at an early stage.

Zootechnical swine research

Contact persons

Sam Millet (Animal Husbandry), Annelies Van Nuffel (Agricultural Engineering)


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Aerial Emissions from Cattle

Animal Husbandry: determination of the gas emissions from dairy and beef cattle.
Agricultural Engineering: services to the Flemish government in matters of aerial emissions of naturally ventilated animal housing systems (e.g. measuring techniques for airflows and gases).

Aerial emissions cattle

Contact persons

Sam De Campeneere (animal husbandry), Nico Peiren (animal husbandry), Peter Demeyer (agricultural engineering)


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