Sensor technology in dairy farming – practical research and applicability

by Judith Roelofs, Senior lecturer animal husbandry, HAS Hogeschool

Many sensors are on the market to support dairy farmers in their day-to-day management of the cows. These sensors can be sensors in the barn, on the cow or even in the cow.

These sensors measure for example specific behaviour of individual cows and the farmer receives an attention when the behavioural pattern of a cows deviates from normal.

Most sensors help the farmer in decisions that have to do with reproduction and health management.

In this presentation an overview of practical research and applicability of available sensors will be given.



What drives you?
Together with students explore, study and work with new and exciting technology that can help farmers to keep their cows happy and healthy.

Why should the delegate attend your presentation?
In the last decades more and more sensors have been developed that can be used on dairy farms. During my presentation you will get an overview of what sensors are on the market and how they can help the farmer.

What emerging technologies/trends do you see as having the greatest potential in the short and long run?
Combination of different variables and sensors and development of more complex algorithms by machine learning.

What kind of impact do you expect them to have?
Better early warning systems for individual cows and on herd level.

What are the barriers that might stand in the way?
The possibility to combine and willingness to share data from different sensors to give a logical and hands-on advice for the farmer.

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