Efficiency Check - Herd management tool for animal welfare

Developing a herd management tool to optimise efficiency and animal welfare on dairy farms.

Project summary: 

Dairy farms are highly complex systems and farmers are confronted with many different facts and figures taken from varying information sources. Therefore, it is very difficult to optimize their tool chains and workflows for an optimal profitability in milk production. 

In this context a project was set up in order to define dairy farmers’ needs with regards to analytical tools; set up data interfaces for collecting the required information on-farm; and develop a model establishing linkages between management, animal housing conditions, animal health, and profitability. The project also included the development of a web application for dairy farmers to visualize this linkage by analysing their own herds and to find ways to improve health and efficiency on their farm.

Project results: 

A web application allowing farmers to visualize the linkages between management, animal housing conditions, animal health, and profitability. The web application will be accessible for farmers and their vets and advisors free of charge.