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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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.

Short stories from Eurotier 2018 (part 1)

Author: Annica Hansson (Växa Sverige) - Date: December 11, 2018

Agrosystems for agribusiness at Eurotier

Agro House has a solution with Online consultancy network regarding farming. It is a farm management program which covers everything from birth to carcass for sheep and cattle and from seed to the final customer. All this accomplished in a solution by the Bulgarian company named Agro House. Data is stored in a cloud and owned by the farmer.

Modern breeding and new technology improve fertility among cows

Author: Sofia Lindman (KSLA & Hushållningssällskapet) - Date: December 10, 2018

Systems with different types of automatic registration have been developed to assist in dairy cow management. For example, they give alert if a cow needs to be treated or if it is time to inseminate. A study was performed to investigate whether a more effective breeding for fertility can be developed by using information from automatically collected and analyzed milk progesterone from the Herd Navigator system along with classic fertility measurements and information about the cows’ genome.

We want your opinion!

Date: December 7, 2018

Every year, 4D4F sends out a questionnaire to capture the needs and issues that precision livestock researchers should address in the future. The feedback from you, the community of practice, allows researchers to focus on what's truly important for farmers and cows. Which issues are you -as a farmer, advisor, veterinarian or technology provider- struggling with at the moment, and how can new tools help you overcome those issues?