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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Data in agriculture

Author: Kristine Piccart (ILVO) - December 1, 2017

Farmers, contractors and suppliers are –perhaps even unknowingly- sitting on a mountain of data. Just think of soil & crop sensors, milking robots, surveillance cameras, devices for climate control, …  All these systems provide a huge amount of data, but it is clear that their potential is not yet fully exploited.

Nowadays, experts from different sectors are doing their best to unlock the full potential of data. By connecting the dots, we hope to clear the path for a better, more precise farm management, benefitting not only the farmer, but also the environment, the farm animals and, ultimately, the consumers.

Workshop: Focus on BCS-camera and HerdNavigator

Author: Sofia Lindman (Hushållningssällskap) - November 20, 2017

The Swedish 4D4F partner KSLA will organize a workshop on December 4 where several different actors will be discussing how to practically use cameras to measure the body condition score (BCS-camera) and how to use the operating tool HerdNavigator on farms. The workshop will take place at a dairy farm in midwest part of Sweden.

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.

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