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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Body Condition Scoring in Practice – using Standard Operating Procedures

Author: Cecilia Bågenvik (DeLaval) - October 19, 2017

Measuring Body Condition Score (BCS) has traditionally been done manually by feed advisors, veterinarians or the farmers themselves monthly or a few times per lactation. By using an automatic system for BCS, data is provided every day which opens up new possibilities for improved feeding management. Keeping cows in optimal BCS during the lactation as well as the dry period, improves both milk production, overall health status and reproduction.

Early discovery of mastitis with military technology

Author: Anders Herlin (SLU) - October 17, 2017

It started as a student project, but today it is a full business where high tech meets the needs of dairy farmers helping them to discover mastitis at an early stage. The technology emerged from military Infra-Red camera technology and became a tool to combat the most costly disease in dairy farming, mastitis. The company Agricam AB held recently a farm meeting with customers combined with education on how to best use the technology. CEO Ellinor Eineren was pleased to welcome the participants to Hagelsrum´s farm which is run by the family Birgersson.

Test beds in Sweden for a digitalized agriculture

Author: Margareta Emanuelson (SLU) - October 12, 2017

Digitalization and the Internet of Things will have a revolutionary impact on the food chain. The possibilities to increase the productivity per animal or per hectare is big and the development of new technology is immense. However, to reach its full potential and be of good value for farmers, there is a great need for integration and collaboration between the different technical solutions. To reach this the systems must be transparent and all actors; farmers, industry, advisors etc need to collaborate. RISE, Research Institute of Sweden is coordinating a big project in Sweden aiming at developing test-beds for digitalized equipment’s on the whole farm. Other partners are among others; SLU, Swedish university of agricultural sciences, Lantmännen, Telia and Ericsson.

The role of sensors in diagnosing & alleviating heat stress

Author: Iain Dalton (IfA) - October 10, 2017

Heat stress has long been recognised as a problem in Mediterranean countries, but global warming has increased its importance in all European dairy farms. The number of days with temperatures over 30°C in southern UK has doubled in last 20 years. Heat stress and subclinical effects can result in reduced output and suboptimal herd fertility, and can be seen with ambient temperatures as low as 20°C.

Nordic workshop on competitive and sustainable production

Author: Lāsma Cielava (LLU) - October 6, 2017

In Finland, Seinajoki, Natural Resources institute (LUKE) from September 27th to September 28th were organized NJF (Nordic Agricultural Scientists association) seminar “Nordic Workshop on competitive and sustainable production”. Scientists from 5 countries (Finland, Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Latvia) presented the results of currently important agricultural issues. In this seminar, Baiba Rivža took part with presentation about “The importance of smart agriculture and sensor technologies in modern dairy farming” and chaired the section on “Possibilities to improve the sustainability of dairy production.