Precision Livestock Farming (PLF) can be defined as the management of livestock farming by continuous automated real-time monitoring of the health and welfare of livestock and the associated impact on the environment. The benefits associated with PLF are far reaching; improved animal welfare, improved profitability, improved product quality, minimised adverse environmental impacts and reduced use of antibiotics through preventive health measures. Importantly PLF can also improve a farmer’s quality of life.
In conjunction with The Prince’s Countryside Trust and the National Federation of Young Farmers, Innovation for Agriculture will continue to hold workshops around the country discussing Precision Livestock Farming and holding on-farm demonstrations of the latest technologies in use.
IfA were the lead partner of the Horizon 2020 EU Data Driven Dairy Decision for Farmers (4D4F) project, which included 16 partners across 9 EU countries. The project investigated the role which dairy animal and environmental sensors can play in collecting real time information to help make more informed decisions in dairy farming.
The 4D4F network brought together farmers, farm advisors, technology suppliers, knowledge exchange professionals and researchers to identify, share, debate, disseminate and support the implementation of sensor data to reinforce and improve existing management.
IfA’s livestock team are continuing to deliver quality, informative resources to farmers including best practice guides on the use of sensors and data analysis tools supported by videos, infographics and an online virtual warehouse of dairy sensor technologies.
To be part of this network, join the 4d4f community for free by visiting www.4d4f.eu.
Turning data into something useful
A set of 10 videos and 12 infographics can be viewed in our resource page demonstrating how automated data recording and analysis can lead to quicker and better decisions on dairy farms. They have been produced by the precision livestock team at IfA in the organisation’s role as leader of the Horizon 2020 EU Data Driven Dairy Decisions for Farmers (4D4F) project.