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Dairy Global magazine edition 4: From equipment to calf care

The 4th edition highlights some new machines that have a huge role in dairy farming, smart farming and we go back to the basics of calf care.

New machines to boost on-farm practices

Every year, more new electric and automated farm machinery is released onto the market, and that’s no surprise. Farmers are very interested in environmentally friendly equipment and systems with no emissions and no noise. And, now that battery lifespans are longer and some equipment can even use solar power, demand is stronger than ever. Page 11

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Trioliet's WB feeding robot. Photo: Trioliet
Trioliet's WB feeding robot. Photo: Trioliet

Thriving calves, better profits

Calf housing management is a major point to consider, especially in the first weeks. This isn’t simply a question of which calf housing will work best on a particular farm. We report on a recent webinar in which dived into calf health research. In this report we read about three main areas that are key in building a strong, healthy and well-performing animals. Page 6

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Since smart calf rearing leads to healthy profits on-farm, it’s important to make sure that calves get the right treatment early on. Photo: Shutterstock
Since smart calf rearing leads to healthy profits on-farm, it’s important to make sure that calves get the right treatment early on. Photo: Shutterstock

Deep learning for efficient dairy farming

With legislation limiting emissions from livestock, the future of dairy farming lies in increased efficiency rather than expansion. Terry Canning, co-founder and CEO of CattleEye tells Dairy Global more about his company and its mission to create the world’s first autonomous livestock monitoring platform. Page 25

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CattleEye is on a mission to create the world’s first autonomous livestock monitoring platform. Photo: CattleEye
CattleEye is on a mission to create the world’s first autonomous livestock monitoring platform. Photo: CattleEye

Ins and outs of farm facilities and equipment

We consider the most commonly used facilities and equipment and the benefits of managing them properly for improved animal health and production. It is without doubt that farm facilities and equipment should be properly selected and managed to make the most of them in functional and economic terms. Page 16

Heating, cooling and ventilation, flooring are just some factors that impact farm and farmer. Photo: Hans Prinsen
Heating, cooling and ventilation, flooring are just some factors that impact farm and farmer. Photo: Hans Prinsen

Interview: Dr Mark Lyons, CEO of Alltech

Dr Mark Lyons shares his ever-evolving thoughts on the future of agriculture with Dairy Global. In a time of worldwide disruption he sees challenges but also, above all, opportunities. “Change is the only constant and will open up a myriad of possibilities.” Page 18

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Dr Mark Lyons: “The next 30 years are critical to agriculture”. Photo: Alltech
Dr Mark Lyons: “The next 30 years are critical to agriculture”. Photo: Alltech

Farm report: Making the most of a grass-oriented farm

“When the cows go outside, they need to start eating right away.” This is what Wout Huijzer and Nely Schutte want to achieve. The dry cows that have just gone outside set the example. Like the dairy cows, they get an extra strip of fresh grass every day. “They need to maintain this routine, even when they are dry.” The cows walk towards the fresh strip of grass and start eating immediately, almost one behind the other. Page 20

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