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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Workshop: Focus on BCS-camera and HerdNavigator

Author: Sofia Lindman (Hushållningssällskap) - November 20, 2017

The Swedish 4D4F partner KSLA will organize a workshop on December 4 where several different actors will be discussing how to practically use cameras to measure the body condition score (BCS-camera) and how to use the operating tool HerdNavigator on farms. The workshop will take place at a dairy farm in midwest part of Sweden.

Workshop: "Automatic heat detection: Do I need it?"

Author: Kristine Piccart (ILVO) - November 3, 2017

The Flemish 4D4F partners ILVO, Liba, Wim Govaerts and Lactis are organizing another workshop for dairy farmers on November 30th. In this workshop, we will investigate the profitability of activity meters and reexamine the most important aspects of dairy herd fertility. The workshop will take place in a modern dairy farm, equipped with 3 automatic milking systems and neck collars for heat and rumination monitoring, in Tielen (Antwerp). Dutch speaking dairy farmers can still sign up for the workshop until November 24th.

Precision livestock farming tools provide real-time info on rumen pH and temperature

Original source: EIP-AGRI press article - Published on October 9, 2017

Hungarian farmer and veterinarian Dr. Gabor Salyi is one of the many European innovators that see how a clever precision livestock farming (PLF) tool can help them address today's challenges. He has been using a PLF tool developed by a Hungarian company, that gives continuous real-time insight into dairy and beef herds' rumen conditions by checking pH and temperature values. Gabor sees the benefits: “The PLF tool tells me at which rumen pH level our milk production, quality and herd health can be optimised.” 

Body Condition Scoring in Practice – using Standard Operating Procedures

Author: Cecilia Bågenvik (DeLaval) - October 19, 2017

Measuring Body Condition Score (BCS) has traditionally been done manually by feed advisors, veterinarians or the farmers themselves monthly or a few times per lactation. By using an automatic system for BCS, data is provided every day which opens up new possibilities for improved feeding management. Keeping cows in optimal BCS during the lactation as well as the dry period, improves both milk production, overall health status and reproduction.

Early discovery of mastitis with military technology

Author: Anders Herlin (SLU) - October 17, 2017

It started as a student project, but today it is a full business where high tech meets the needs of dairy farmers helping them to discover mastitis at an early stage. The technology emerged from military Infra-Red camera technology and became a tool to combat the most costly disease in dairy farming, mastitis. The company Agricam AB held recently a farm meeting with customers combined with education on how to best use the technology. CEO Ellinor Eineren was pleased to welcome the participants to Hagelsrum´s farm which is run by the family Birgersson.