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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Test beds in Sweden for a digitalized agriculture

Author: Margareta Emanuelson (SLU) - October 12, 2017

Digitalization and the Internet of Things will have a revolutionary impact on the food chain. The possibilities to increase the productivity per animal or per hectare is big and the development of new technology is immense. However, to reach its full potential and be of good value for farmers, there is a great need for integration and collaboration between the different technical solutions. To reach this the systems must be transparent and all actors; farmers, industry, advisors etc need to collaborate. RISE, Research Institute of Sweden is coordinating a big project in Sweden aiming at developing test-beds for digitalized equipment’s on the whole farm. Other partners are among others; SLU, Swedish university of agricultural sciences, Lantmännen, Telia and Ericsson.

The role of sensors in diagnosing & alleviating heat stress

Author: Iain Dalton (IfA) - October 10, 2017

Heat stress has long been recognised as a problem in Mediterranean countries, but global warming has increased its importance in all European dairy farms. The number of days with temperatures over 30°C in southern UK has doubled in last 20 years. Heat stress and subclinical effects can result in reduced output and suboptimal herd fertility, and can be seen with ambient temperatures as low as 20°C.

Nordic workshop on competitive and sustainable production

Author: Lāsma Cielava (LLU) - October 6, 2017

In Finland, Seinajoki, Natural Resources institute (LUKE) from September 27th to September 28th were organized NJF (Nordic Agricultural Scientists association) seminar “Nordic Workshop on competitive and sustainable production”. Scientists from 5 countries (Finland, Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Latvia) presented the results of currently important agricultural issues. In this seminar, Baiba Rivža took part with presentation about “The importance of smart agriculture and sensor technologies in modern dairy farming” and chaired the section on “Possibilities to improve the sustainability of dairy production.

Using light to extend the breeding season in goats

Author: Iain Dalton (Innovation for Agriculture) - September 26, 2017

Goats are seasonal breeders; thus, their breeding cycle is heavily influenced by daylight intensity and length. If left to natural conditions the milk profile produced is very seasonal. To maintain as level a milk profile as possible in the “off season” - this tendency must be managed effectively. Naturally goats in Europe will start their oestrus cycles as the day length diminishes in the autumn. In order to get more does pregnant in the 'off' season, we need to influence the natural oestrus cycle of the doe so that she can breed when required by milk profile demands.

Digital innovations in livestock farming: A model proposal

Author: Per Frankelius (Linköping University, Sweden) - September 15, 2017

One revolutionary farming innovation was domestication of cattle in ancient times (Zeuner, 1963). Now the term “fourth agricultural revolution” is proposed (Lejon and Frankelius, 2015), referring to sensors, digital technology and robotics (fig. 1). 

Farmers using MyFarm app, a part of the digital revolution. Photo: DeLaval.