Precision dairy farming is the use of technologies to measure physiological, behavioral, and production indicators of individual animals to improve management strategies and farm performance. These systems have the potential to detect disease and estrus and to evaluate cow comfort by monitoring activity, feeding time, lying time, mounting activity, real-time location, reticulorumen pH, rumination time, and body temperature.
The data provided by a precision dairy farming device is only valuable if it records the data properly for the right cow and is used by the producer. This factsheet will describe problems that researchers at the University of Kentucky have experienced and ways to avoid and manage them.
Wadsworth, Barbara Alice; Stone, Amanda; Mayo, Lauren M.; Tsai, Nicky; and Bewley, Jeffrey M., "Managing Precision Dairy Farming Technologies" (2015). Agriculture and Natural Resources Publications. Paper 97.