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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Sensor technology: blessing or curse for the animal?

Author: Maarten Crivits and Kristine Piccart (ILVO) - Date: January 4, 2019

It is remarkable to notice that the average perception of the relationship between animal welfare and technological progress is generally negative. People further away from the dairy sector are sceptical about ongoing scale enlargement and fear that the modern farm with its automatisation and sensors will lead to less and less care for the animal. The question arises: is this assumption correct? Although there are limits to what technology can do, modern sensor technologies can be precisely applied to more accurately monitor the individual animal and safeguard its health.

 

4D4F event: Interpreting milk data for improving yields

Author: Jef Aernouts (Farmdesk) - Date: January 4, 2019

This 4D4F event was the second session on the use of technology and data in goat farming and was held on October 24, 2018. Flemish and Dutch goat farmers were brought together in the class room of an agricultural school in Antwerp (Belgium) to exchange their personal experiences, and gauge their needs for automation and data use.

Progress & challenges

Author: Kristine Piccart (ILVO) - Date: January 4, 2019

Last november, Kristine Piccart -researcher at ILVO, the Flanders research institute for agriculture, fisheries & food- gave a presentation on the progress and challenges of precision dairy farming at a seminar organized by Dairy Global at Eurotier. 

Pictured: Kristine Piccart (ILVO) at the Dairy Global event at Eurotier 2018.

MooCall – a calving alert system

Author: Sofia Lindman (KSLA & Hushållningssällskapet) - Date: December 17, 2018

In both suckler and dairy herds, the work with calving is considered to be a stressful and risky part in the production. It can also be a big economic loss for the farmer if the calving results in cow and/or calf death. There is therefore a great need for technology that can facilitate the supervision of close up cows.

 

The MooCall sensor

Short stories from Eurotier (part 2)

Author: Annica Hansson (Växa Sverige) - Date: December 17, 2018

DeLaval presents Herd Navigator at Eurotier 2018

Herd Navigator is one of DeLavals´ most advanced technologies regarding fertility and health. The solution is to take milk analysis from individual cows in the most interesting phase of the cows´ life cycle. The health issues supervised are mastitis, ketosis and fertility disorder. Heat detection and pregnancy are also reported at the screen. Urea, as an indicator of protein balance in the ration, can also be measured at group levels. All functions can be accomplished with smart Standard Operation Procedure in the reports. Those can preferably be set and adjusted at farm level. At farm level one can also decide individual sensitivity for most functions.

How well can you measure the dairy cow's lying and standing behavior?

Author: Sofia Lindman (KSLA & Hushållningssällskapet) - Date: December 14, 2018

Well-functioning activity loggers have a great potential to be used for heat detection, but also for finding animals who are sick or are about to become sick. In this study two commercial activity loggers were tested to see how they work in a dairy herd. The authors investigated how well the loggers measured standing, lying, walking and number of steps.

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