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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More to the success of technology than the technology itself

Author: Iain Dalton (IfA) - February 5, 2018

There is no doubt the role and presence of new technology and digital infrastructure is increasing throughout the global dairy industry.

The technologies detailed throughout the 4D4F project will become increasingly common and they can bring great success to individual units but in the journey to increased productivity through use of remote sensors and digital systems there is a real danger that there could be many examples of expensive failure and wasted investment if care is not taken in the implementation.

4D4F workshop on sensors for health

Author: Maarten Crivits (ILVO) - January 24, 2018

At the beginning of the new year, another meeting of the low countries was organized by the 4D4F team. This time, the focus lay on the use of sensors for health monitoring and the meeting was therefore open to farmers as well as veterinarians, both very able to discuss the topic of health.

The modernization on one dairy farm

Author: Lāsma Cielava (LLU)- January 23, 2018

Last year the Latvia University of Agriculture analyzed data from one particular dairy farm, where in timespan of three years a new housing system (from tie stalls to loose housing), feeding conditions and a herd management system was introduced. At the beginning of the modernization process average herd milk productivity was 6.304 kg per cow, but after "modernization", the milk productivity increased up to 8.378 kg in lactation.