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 sensors improve udder health?

Author: Kristine Piccart (ILVO), Richard Lloyd (IfA) - June 14, 2017

Mastitis is one of the most costly, and also one of the most frustrating diseases on a dairy farm. To reduce the somatic cell count and the amount of clinical mastitis cases, we first need to identify the underlying problem. Besides DHI records and bulk tank somatic cell count reports, can farm-specific sensor data provide some added value to evaluate udder health on a dairy farm? 

4D4F video on reproduction

Author: Richard Lloyd (IfA), Kristine Piccart (ILVO) - June 2, 2017

The 4D4F-team from Innovation from Agriculture (UK) have been travelling around Europe, trying to capture tips & tricks from dairy farmers for managing new sensor technologies. These best practice tips were compiled into a series of short videos. This week, we present you the video on reproduction. 

Successful Grassland symposium at Dairy Campus

Author: Tamara Wind (VHL) and Kees Lokhorst (VHL, WUR)- May 18, 2017

Van Hall Larenstein University of applied sciences has organized the grassland symposium about grassland sensors on the 2nd of May. The current status of the application of sensors in grass management has been illustrated by researchers, advisors and people with practical experiences. This afternoon was all about the questions: "What do we know, what do we measure and what can we advise?" With around 75 visitors, we can conclude it was a successful symposium. 

Technology & Data in Dairy Goat Production

Author: Kristine Piccart (ILVO) - May 14, 2017

Join the first Belgian 4D4F event for dairy goat farmers on Friday June 2nd, 2017. In the first part of the session, Jef Aernouts (LACTIS) will give an overview of all smart technologies currently available for dairy goat farmers. In the afternoon, Wim Govaerts will discuss the importance of monitoring key performance indicators in goat farming. The event will end with a real-time survey of the audience, to understand what you expect from technology. 

Milking speed and genetic evaluation

Author: Maarten Crivits (ILVO) - April 27, 2017

Breeding values can be more efficiently evaluated by taking into account the milking speed. Slow-milking cows might lead to a less efficient use of automatic milking systems (AMS) or may hold up the milking process when many cows are milked in a specific time slot. However, high milking speed has also been correlated to worse udder health, making it important to put an emphasis on an breeding approach that both improves milkability and udder health.