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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4D4F video

Date: February 22, 2019

With this video, we wanted to demonstrate the positive impact of sensor technology and how it can improve dairy farming. Richard Lloyd, from Innovation presents the 4D4F project and the benefits of dairy technology: "Happy cows, happy farmers and happy consumers". Feel free to leave your thoughts and comments below. 


Stray voltage in the dairy barn

Authors: Kristine Piccart & Diederik Van Damme (ILVO) - Date: February 20th, 2019

Nearly every dairy barn is equipped with electrical components and automated tools (e.g. in the milking parlour, concentrate feeders, manure scrapers, selection gates…). When the electrical system is not properly grounded or its insulating material is affected, unwanted stray voltage may occur in the barn. Unfortunately, the accurate diagnosis of stray voltage issues is still a bottleneck in practice: it can be a long, strenuous process for dairy farmers.

Introducing automatic heat detection on a Swedish farm

Author: Annica Hansson (Växa) - Date: February 7, 2019

Rolf and his son Emil run a dairy farm at Edenberga in the southern part of Sweden. It consists of 100 dairy cows, a mix of two thirds of Swedish Holstein cow and one third Swedish red. The work regarding heat detection is all done manually during heat observations. Statistics from the Swedish cow data base show potential of improvement regarding fertility result.

Fever Tags for early detection of disease in calves

Author: Ben Thompson (IfA) - Date: January 29, 2019

Worgret farm is a dairy farm situated in Wareham (Dorset) with 280 Holstein-Friesian cows, calving all year round and rearing their own replacements. The milking herd graze during the summer months and are housed in the winter. The farm is owned and managed by John Baggs and partner Sophie.

John Baggs pictured with some his calves wearing fever tags.

Fever Tags