New, real-time milk and feed measurement system helps optimise dairy production

phys.org | 7/10/2018 | Staff
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VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and the Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke) are together developing a new, smart, competitive technology platform for improving the profitability of dairy farms and for introducing commercial products through the contributions of business partners.

The solutions combine clean Finnish milk production with optical measurement technologies, telecommunications and digitalisation, which are used to real-time make milk and feed quality measurements a routine in dairy farms. The solutions will be tested in practice at Luke's pilot farm this and next year.

Finland - Production - Producer - Clean - Food

Finland is known worldwide for its high-quality agricultural production and as a producer of clean, safe food. The unnecessary use of antibiotics, for instance, is avoided in Finland, which also has strong expertise in the utilisation of optical measurement technologies, telecommunications and digitalisation. The SmartFarm research project, which is pursued together by VTT and the Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke) seeks to combine these in order to create innovative milk production supported by the new solutions.

"Today, dairy farms need immediate, quick, real-time, reliable data on the quality of milk and silage, which has been scarcely available so far", says Mikko Utriainen, project manager from VTT.

Data - Composition - Milk - Silage - Offers

"Continuous data on the composition of milk and silage offers possibilities to improve productivity with the help of feeding control and input-output optimisation. In addition, the farm-specific measurement of milk fat and protein contents that fulfils output control requirements could replace at least some laboratory samples", says project manager Matti Pastell from Luke.

Knowing the dry matter content of silage alone would already be of great help in...
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