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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Dealing with false mastitis alerts

Author: Kristine Piccart (ILVO) - September 4, 2017

The proportion of automatic milking systems (AMS) is continuously increasing throughout Europe. Robotic milking offers great advantages in terms of labour flexibility and data collection, but comes with a steep learning curve. One of the biggest challenges for farmers using AMS, is the high number of false mastitis alerts. So how can dairy farmers distinguish true from false alerts?

Sensors make evolutionary operational management in dairy herds possible

Author: Margareta Emanuelson (SLU) - August 24, 2017

Evolutionary operational (EVOP) management implies making systematic small changes in production factors and procedures during running production, and thereby finding ways to a more efficient production, and has its widest application in industrial processes. However, the development towards larger dairy herds with access to automatic or semi-automatic data recordings on a large number of relevant input and performance indicators opens for management tools able to dynamically estimate the effect of changes made in the daily management on a specific farm.

Sensor technology in dairy production with a focus on Herd Navigator

Author: Annica Hansson (Växa Sverige) - August 9, 2017

The objective of the 4D4F event at Peter Karlsson, Ådalen (Sweden) was to gather a group of people with different backgrounds but with a common interest in DeLaval's Herd Navigator (HN), and to increase everyone's knowledge about the HN. The group consisted of farmers (both users and potential future users), advisors, veterinarians, suppliers and researchers.

Early disease detection and the risk of over-treatment

Author: Kristine Piccart (ILVO) - August 8, 2017

Is there a danger of over-treating cows when using new, innovative techniques that make early disease detection possible? Innovation for Agriculture asked Jeffrey Bewley, Dairy Extension Specialist from the University of Kentucky. In this interview, Jeffrey discusses the use of technology for mastitis detection, and the added value of culturing milk samples.