Modern livestock farming aims at optimal animal welfare in combination with high productivity. Modern technology and development of new and improved tools for monitoring behaviour and health of individual animals and herds open up for high precision in prevention of disease and unhealth. Improved decision support system are introduced with the help of sensors and data harvesting. In the Horizon 2020-funded project Data Driven Dairy Decisions for Farmers (4D4F), the aim is to focus on the role which dairy animal and environmental sensors can play in collecting real time information to help make more informed decisions in dairy farming.

The network will develop a Community of Practice (COP) comprised of farmers, farm advisors, technology suppliers, knowledge exchange professionals and researchers who will work together to debate, collect and communicate best practice drawn from innovative farmers, industry and the research community to facilitate the cocreation of best practice.

As a start up we now invite trade media, advisors, interested farmers, researchers and innovators to a webcasted opening event where the aims and some important concepts of the project will be presented. Participating communities of practice will also be connected, and there will be opportunity to ask questions via e-mail and twitter.

The webinar was held on February 28th, 2017. You can watch it here