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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.

 

Case study: a GPS location system for goats

Author: Aida Xercavins Simó (IRTA) - April 12, 2016

Digitanimal is a location and monitoring system for extensive production farms. In addition to the neck tags with the sensors, Digitanimal consists also on a cloud solution and a user application for Android, iOS and web. Thereby the system allows to know anywhere and anytime where each animal is. Monitoring is based on the activity of the animal and its behaviour regarding the other animals of the herd. 

Source: Digitanimal.

Webinar online

Author: Kristine Piccart (ILVO) - March 29, 2017

For those of you who missed the first 4D4F webinar "A step towards tomorrow’s precision livestock farming" on February 28, you can watch it hereThe webinar included talks by David Gardner (IfA), Anders Herlin (KLSA/SLU), Kristine Piccart (ILVO) and was moderated by Lennart Wikström (KLSA).

Video: The Herd Navigator in Clifton Hall farm.

Author: Sarah Dusgate (Innovation for Agriculture) - February 15, 2017

John Holliday from Clifton Hall farm installed 4 VMS robots in July 2015, and has since installed the DeLaval Herd Navigator system in August 2016. Milk samples are collected at regular intervals from the 4 milking robots and tested to analyse progesterone levels, lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) and beta hydroxybutyrate (BHB). In this video, DeLaval rep Kieran Fitzgerald talks us through the system.

Case Study: Vel'Phone calving alert

Author: Sarah Dusgate (innovation for Agriculture) - January 30, 2017.

The Vel’Phone calving alert technology is based on temperature analysis. The staff of Shordley Hall Farm in Wrexham aim to insert the thermometer probes in the vaginal canal of pregnant cows 3-4 days prior to calving. Ensuring good hygiene of the device is critical, so all equipment is thoroughly disinfected before use to prevent infections. 

Source: Richard Lloyd (Innovation for Agriculture) 

Best practice guides

Author: Kristine Piccart (ILVO) - January 6, 2017

To help farmers cope with the load of dairy data and sensors that are currently available, we have published a number of "Best Practice Guides" on various sensor-related topics. The best practice guides are currently only available for 4D4F members*.

To access the best practice guides, go to the "Groups" on the menu bar and navigate to your topic of interest on the left-hand side (or click on the logo). 

Do you like the current best practice guides? What's good and what's bad about them? Please give us your feedback on the 4D4F forums.

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