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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Autofarm: monitoring and digital control for farms

Author: Aida Xercavins - June 5, 2018

Autofarm is a Spanish initiative to apply efficient, sustainable, agile and profitable management and control technologies in livestock farms. The aim of the company is to simplify the monitoring and management of farms. The software can be used on tablets, smartphones and computers. It allows to visualize data from the on-farm sensors and to act remotely on the system (manually or automatically) in order to correct any deviation from normality. The remote connection enables to evaluate the farm situation and make decisions without being physically there. This results in better response times and cheaper efforts. 

4D4F prize for the most innovative idea

Date: June 6, 2018

4D4F is looking for the most innovative idea on how to use sensors/data to improve dairy cow or goat performance management.

In order to participate, please send us a 1-2 page article (Word document including pictures) and email it to Alternatively, you can also post a short video in twitter containing the @4d4fproject tag and the #4D4F hashtag. To be eligible, the innovation must have been used on a commercial farm, and not earlier than 1st March 2016. Closing date for entries is 23rd September 2018.

How can the BCS camera help with ketosis?

Author: Fauve Henst, (ZLTO) - May 30, 2018

Ketosis is often caused by the fact that after calving a cow doesn’t consume enough energy to meet her needs. A cow can get very sick from ketosis, which causes her to lay down a lot and eat less which increases the effect of ketosis. A cow that has a BCS of >3.75 at calving has a greater risk at ketosis. A high BCS at calving occurs when an energetic ration is fed in the dry period. Dried off cows that eat a lot of energy before calving have a lower rumen fill, because they eat less dry matter. Which results in a lower intake capacity after calving. 

Real-time animal response to cooling regime changes

Authors: H. Levit§†, S. Pinto*#, E. Gershon, A. K. Elazary†*, V. Bloch§*, Y. Ben Meir†‡, J. Miron‡, I. Halachmi§ - Date: May 29, 2018

The immense metabolic demand of high yielding cows is constantly requires disposing (by panting, sweating and vasodilatation) large amount of metabolic heat. Inability to do so causes heat stress expressed in animal suffering and deteriorates production and reproduction. In many arid and semi-arid zones, fans and water sprinklers are used in barn, in forced cooling yards and/or in the feeding lane to help the cows to get rid of excessive heat.

Innovative software ‘Batfarm’ enables livestock farmers to assess their farm emissions

Authors: Arriaga Haritz1, Aguilar Maite2, Abaigar Alberto2, Cordovín Lucía2, Merino Pilar1, Aranzazu Varvaró3 - May, 3 2018  (1 NEIKER-Tecnalia  2 INTIA 3 IRTA)

The environmental impacts from modern farming, have led to international protocols, European directives and national regulations. At this regard, poultry and swine farms over certain size must have a permit to operate based on the implementation of Best Available Techniques (BAT) according to Industrial Emissions Directive IED 2010/75/EU. However, the dairy sector could also be involved in the future on the deployment of BAT in order to minimize negative environmental impact.