Digitising the Dairy Production Chain

Developing an irrigation web portal to improve irrigation management, crop productivity, profitability and the efficient use of water.

The European dairy sector is currently undergoing a progressive modernisation process, in which digital technologies are becoming increasingly important. Hence, this Flagship Innovation Experiment (FIE) aims to digitise different steps of the early dairy production chain by improving the forage production, feed mixtures and management, stable operations and general resource planning.

To boost the sector to become more cost efficient and sustainable, the benefits of previously underutilised data as well as digital technologies are exploited. This, however, requires a smart use and integration of multiple data sources, models and analytics while incorporating vital knowledge and expertise. Increasing the sustainability of the production processes whilst at the same time improving the profitability of dairy farms with high health and welfare standards is an essential part of this FIE’s services offering to farmers and their cooperatives.

The inherent improvement in the monitoring and management operations and conditions in dairy cattle farms results in an efficient use of natural resources, and thus contributes to an overhaul of the European agricultural sector.