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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Summary of the Belgian 4D4F workshop

Author: Kristine Piccart (ILVO) - December 22, 2017

On November 30, the Flemish 4D4F partners ILVO, Liba and Lactis organized a workshop on the profitability of automatic heat detection. The event started off with a brief overview of how to detect heat in dairy cattle, and the available automated systems on the market. Before the start of the event, the dairy farmers were asked to share some of their farm’s fertility KPI’s (anonymously).

How pedometers improved the dairy fertility at "Vecauce"

Author: Lāsma Cielava (LLU) - December 12, 2017

The training and research farm of the Latvia University of Agriculture "Vecauce" houses more than 600 cows, including Holsteins, Red crossbreeds and the native Latvian Brown breed. The average milk yield per lactation is now over 10.000 kg. However, the increase in herd productivity ultimately let to different issues with heat detection and low pregnancy rates. That is why they opted for pedometers (Afimilk's AfiAct II leg tags, as shown in the picture).

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.