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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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.

Farm Walks @ Van Hall Larenstein

Author: Tamara Wind (VHL) - January 16, 2018

Several farms in the north of the Netherlands hosted these workshops from April to October 2017. The objective of this workshop is to learn more about grazing systems and the applicability on dairy farms. Besides students learn how to use tools (like the grass altimeter Jenquip EC10) to measure the grass yield and how to use the information they get. In the spring of 2018, the workshop will be offered to students again.