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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Body Condition Scoring System

Author: Deborah Piette (KUL) - Date: July 10, 2018

Body Condition Scoring (BCS) is a numeric scoring system for body fat energy reserves in a cow and is a good indicator for the nutritional status of a cow. Traditionally, cows are evaluated manually based on observation of bones and fat visibility. Nowadays, BCS can be measured automatically.

Preventive management based on cow behaviour

Adapted from Janet Beekman (Boerderij) - Date: July 9, 2018

Since last year dairy farmer Wil Smolders tracks cow behavior with Ida. It is a self-learning sensor system owned by Connecterra which improves the health and milk production of the cows.

Half of Wil’s cows wear a collar containing the sensor, the other half doesn’t. The project in which he is participating is a collaboration between Connecterra, ZLTO and Agrovision, in which Connecterra is the sensor supplier, Agrovision delivers a feed efficiency monitoring tool and ZLTO supports the farmer with consultancy. “We want to improve fertility and health to accomplish a higher life production and a higher lifespan of the cows”, says Smolders. “The project helps us to do this.”

The link between body condition, productivity & milk composition

Author: Lāsma Cielava (LLU) - Date: June 20, 2018

From May 9th to 11th, the annual “Biosystems Engineering” conference was held in Tartu (Estonia). This year, the conference included a livestock engineering section covering the newest studies in data collection and management of various farm animals. The research team (Jonkus D., Cielava L., Ruska D.) from Latvia University of Life Sciences and Technologies (LLU) prepared a poster presentation about “The relationships between different genotype dairy cow body condition score, milk urea content and milk productivity”.

The approach of a technology company to dairy farms

Authors: Deborah Piette & Tomas Norton (KUL) - Date: June 19, 2018

The development of technology for dairy farms is increasing. But, how does a technology company invent a new gadget or machine that suits and fulfils the needs of farmers?

In the video ‘The approach of a technology company to dairy farms’, Application Support from Afimilk, Maria Manolescu, explains how a technology company creates tools that are useful for the farmers and satisfy the specific needs of every farm. Technology companies know that their job is about more than just selling their products. The key to a good dairy technology provider is the after sales services. For example, to help the farmer understand the data that is generated by the technology, in order to benefit optimally from it.