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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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.

EVAM experimental farm in Spain

Authors: Marta Terré, Aranzazu Varvaró, Aida Xercavins (IRTA) - April 23, 2018

IRTA (Institute of Agrifood Research and Technology) has recently transformed a conventional dairy cow farm to an avant-garde experimental farm with innovative sensors and technologies. The project is called “EVAM” (by its initials in Catalan), and started in 2017.

The EVAM milking parlour (Tecnozoo)

Selective dry cow treatment: which cow to treat?

Author: Kristine Piccart (ILVO) - April 16, 2018 - Orginal sources: AHDB, Eurodairy

Blanket dry cow therapy, meaning all cows receive an infusion of antimicrobials in their 4 quarters at dry off, has been standard practice for years. However, with growing concerns for antimicrobial resistance, more farms are shifting towards selective dry cow therapy. This means you are only going to treat the animals that are suspected of having an infection. But how do you select the cows that should get antimicrobials? Having good records of clinical mastitis cases and somatic cell counts is the foundation, according to this AHDB video.

Grazing season has started in the Netherlands!

Author: Tamara Wind (VHL) - April 13, 2018 

Now that winter is over, we have started to monitor the grass growth and the soil temperature since the 1st of April. In the last two weeks, the pasture was wet. But this was followed up by a few warm days (20 degrees Celsius and sunny), so now it is time for the grass to recover. Tuesday I was walking in the pasture and measuring the grass growth with the grass altimeter: the grass was showing remarkable recovery! New young grass blades are coming up, with the soil degree around 8,5 degrees Celsius. It is possible now for the grasses to grow!