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 in Bucharest

Author: Livia Vidu (USAMV) - June 21, 2017

On June 9,  the first Romanian workshop dedicated to the 4D4F project was held at the University of Agronomic Sciences and Veterinary Medicine, Faculty of Animal Science. The event was included in the International Conference program "Agriculture for Life, Life for Agriculture". At this workshop, 33 people participated: researchers, experts in the field and PhD students from Romania and the Republic of Moldova.

Pilot: Following your cows with real-time data

Author: Janine Roemen (ZLTO) - June 19, 2017

ZLTO from the Netherlands is setting up a project in collaboration with a data science company and sensor/management software producer. Connecterra is the data science party in this collaboration; they are a start-up company that produced Ida, the intelligent assistant for dairy farmers. 


Photo: Cow equipped with "Ida", the new health and activity tracker from Connecterra.



How can sensors improve udder health?

Author: Kristine Piccart (ILVO), Richard Lloyd (IfA) - June 14, 2017

Mastitis is one of the most costly, and also one of the most frustrating diseases on a dairy farm. To reduce the somatic cell count and the amount of clinical mastitis cases, we first need to identify the underlying problem. Besides DHI records and bulk tank somatic cell count reports, can farm-specific sensor data provide some added value to evaluate udder health on a dairy farm? 

4D4F video on reproduction

Author: Richard Lloyd (IfA), Kristine Piccart (ILVO) - June 2, 2017

The 4D4F-team from Innovation from Agriculture (UK) have been travelling around Europe, trying to capture tips & tricks from dairy farmers for managing new sensor technologies. These best practice tips were compiled into a series of short videos. This week, we present you the video on reproduction.