Data Driven Dairy Decision For Farmers (4D4F) aims at developing a network for dairy farmers, dairy technology suppliers, data companies, dairy advisors, veterinarians and researchers to improve the decision making on dairy farms based on data generated by sensors.

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Workshop: "Automatic heat detection: Do I need it?"

Author: Kristine Piccart (ILVO) - November 3, 2017

The Flemish 4D4F partners ILVO, Liba, Wim Govaerts and Lactis are organizing another workshop for dairy farmers on November 30th. In this workshop, we will investigate the profitability of activity meters and reexamine the most important aspects of dairy herd fertility. The workshop will take place in a modern dairy farm, equipped with 3 automatic milking systems and neck collars for heat and rumination monitoring, in Tielen (Antwerp). Dutch speaking dairy farmers can still sign up for the workshop until November 24th.

Precision livestock farming tools provide real-time info on rumen pH and temperature

Original source: EIP-AGRI press article - Published on October 9, 2017

Hungarian farmer and veterinarian Dr. Gabor Salyi is one of the many European innovators that see how a clever precision livestock farming (PLF) tool can help them address today's challenges. He has been using a PLF tool developed by a Hungarian company, that gives continuous real-time insight into dairy and beef herds' rumen conditions by checking pH and temperature values. Gabor sees the benefits: “The PLF tool tells me at which rumen pH level our milk production, quality and herd health can be optimised.” 

Body Condition Scoring in Practice – using Standard Operating Procedures

Author: Cecilia Bågenvik (DeLaval) - October 19, 2017

Measuring Body Condition Score (BCS) has traditionally been done manually by feed advisors, veterinarians or the farmers themselves monthly or a few times per lactation. By using an automatic system for BCS, data is provided every day which opens up new possibilities for improved feeding management. Keeping cows in optimal BCS during the lactation as well as the dry period, improves both milk production, overall health status and reproduction.

Early discovery of mastitis with military technology

Author: Anders Herlin (SLU) - October 17, 2017

It started as a student project, but today it is a full business where high tech meets the needs of dairy farmers helping them to discover mastitis at an early stage. The technology emerged from military Infra-Red camera technology and became a tool to combat the most costly disease in dairy farming, mastitis. The company Agricam AB held recently a farm meeting with customers combined with education on how to best use the technology. CEO Ellinor Eineren was pleased to welcome the participants to Hagelsrum´s farm which is run by the family Birgersson.

Test beds in Sweden for a digitalized agriculture

Author: Margareta Emanuelson (SLU) - October 12, 2017

Digitalization and the Internet of Things will have a revolutionary impact on the food chain. The possibilities to increase the productivity per animal or per hectare is big and the development of new technology is immense. However, to reach its full potential and be of good value for farmers, there is a great need for integration and collaboration between the different technical solutions. To reach this the systems must be transparent and all actors; farmers, industry, advisors etc need to collaborate. RISE, Research Institute of Sweden is coordinating a big project in Sweden aiming at developing test-beds for digitalized equipment’s on the whole farm. Other partners are among others; SLU, Swedish university of agricultural sciences, Lantmännen, Telia and Ericsson.

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