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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Automatic, precision weighing of cattle

Author: Margareta Emanuelson (SLU) & Henrik Österlund (Hencol AB) - Date: November 7, 2018

The feed efficiency project aims to develop and present innovative growth and feed supply for beef producers via web interfaces and smart phones. The project is based on Hencol's award-winning automatic unmanned precision weighing for cattle, which will present growth estimates along with information about current feed status and group feed in order to simplify (and via smart phone) to track and optimize ongoing production.

The advantages of a self-driving feed mixer

Author: Reesink Agri (translation by Fauve Henst, ZLTO) - Date: October 23, 2018

To be able to feed the cows efficiently a lot of farmers have to choose between a pulled and/or a self-driving feed mixer. Product manager Gert-Jan Hegemen working at Reesink Agri, explains the advantages of a self-driving feed mixer.

What is an important reason to invest in a self-driving feed mixer?

The main reasons to invest in a self-driving feed mixer are:

4D4F Open Day

Author: Richard Lloyd (IfA) - Date: September 26, 2018

4D4F is pleased to invite colleagues in the industry, farmers, researchers and members of the public to our next Open Day, on October 3 at the new dairy development centre in the heart of the South West milk field, Beard Hill Farm, Somerset.

The event will run from 8:30am, and everyone on their way to the Bath and West Dairy Show, is welcome to call in and enjoy a free breakfast- with a bacon butty and a cup of tea - and tour of the recently open dairy unit, or after the show, until 5:30.

4D4F submission: Miracle Tech thermal imaging cameras

COP prize submission. Author: Miracle Tech - Date: September 26, 2018

Thermal imaging technology has come a long way over the last few years making it more practical to the farming industry. Thermal images are created using infrared radiation (IR); most things emit some form of IR including animals. By using IR to detect temperature readings the camera generates a thermal image by applying a colour palette to the different intensities of infrared radiation.