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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Farm Walks @ Van Hall Larenstein

Author: Tamara Wind (VHL) - January 16, 2018

Several farms in the north of the Netherlands hosted these workshops from April to October 2017. The objective of this workshop is to learn more about grazing systems and the applicability on dairy farms. Besides students learn how to use tools (like the grass altimeter Jenquip EC10) to measure the grass yield and how to use the information they get. In the spring of 2018, the workshop will be offered to students again.

2017 EU Agricultural Outlook

Author: Lāsma Cielava (LLU) - January 9, 2018

From 18 to 19 December 2017, Baiba Rivža was attending “The 2017 EU Agricultural Outlook” conference in Brussels to deliver a speech about the 4D4F project during the session “Research and innovation” and to share the potential positive results of modern technologies and dairy sensor introduction in Latvian dairy farms. During the conference the most important problems in EU agricultural sectors and the possibilities to increase the farm resilience and sustainability were discussed. One of panel discussions addressed the performance of EU policy and its connection with farming sector.

Summary of the Belgian 4D4F workshop

Author: Kristine Piccart (ILVO) - December 22, 2017

On November 30, the Flemish 4D4F partners ILVO, Liba and Lactis organized a workshop on the profitability of automatic heat detection. The event started off with a brief overview of how to detect heat in dairy cattle, and the available automated systems on the market. Before the start of the event, the dairy farmers were asked to share some of their farm’s fertility KPI’s (anonymously).

How pedometers improved the dairy fertility at "Vecauce"

Author: Lāsma Cielava (LLU) - December 12, 2017

The training and research farm of the Latvia University of Agriculture "Vecauce" houses more than 600 cows, including Holsteins, Red crossbreeds and the native Latvian Brown breed. The average milk yield per lactation is now over 10.000 kg. However, the increase in herd productivity ultimately let to different issues with heat detection and low pregnancy rates. That is why they opted for pedometers (Afimilk's AfiAct II leg tags, as shown in the picture).