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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How can we ensure SOP-based working being accepted in the dairy farming?

Author: Tamara Wind (VHL) - March 22, 2018

As part of the education program students have to bring up innovative ideas for a question from the work field. Last month, 35 students were invited to bring up innovative ideas for the 4D4F-project. We challenged students to bring up innovative ideas for the question ‘How can we ensure SOP-based working being accepted in the dairy farming?’

Cow Alerts: Are They Trustworthy?

Author: Iain Dalton (IfA) - March 5, 2018

Critical to the effective management of data is the level of false positive alerts resulting in wasted time, poor decision making and a permanent loss in the level of confidence in the system.

Staff facing such inaccuracies will become sceptical of the system and adopt methods of working that do not fully utilise the benefits that data can bring to the management of the dairy cow. “Unpolluted” data is core to a successful business – particularly wherefarms rely on analysis of large quantities of data to make crucial decisions andultimately survive.

More to the success of technology than the technology itself

Author: Iain Dalton (IfA) - February 5, 2018

There is no doubt the role and presence of new technology and digital infrastructure is increasing throughout the global dairy industry.

The technologies detailed throughout the 4D4F project will become increasingly common and they can bring great success to individual units but in the journey to increased productivity through use of remote sensors and digital systems there is a real danger that there could be many examples of expensive failure and wasted investment if care is not taken in the implementation.

4D4F workshop on sensors for health

Author: Maarten Crivits (ILVO) - January 24, 2018

At the beginning of the new year, another meeting of the low countries was organized by the 4D4F team. This time, the focus lay on the use of sensors for health monitoring and the meeting was therefore open to farmers as well as veterinarians, both very able to discuss the topic of health.