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D4Dairy – Digitalisation, Data integration, Detection and Decision support in Dairying

Project Leader
Fürst-Waltl Birgit, BOKU Project Leader
Duration:
01.10.2018-30.09.2022
Programme:
COMET-Projekte
Type of Research
Applied Research
Project partners
Biomin Holding Gmbh, Austria.
Contact person: Veronika Nagl;
Function of the Project Partner: Partner
Complexity Science Hub Vienna CSH – Verein zur Förderung wissenschaftlicher Forschung im Bereich komplexer Systeme, Josefstädter Straße 39, 1080 Wien, Austria.
Contact person: Univ.-Prof. DDr. Stefan Thurner ;
Function of the Project Partner: Partner
HBLFA Raumberg-Gumpenstein, Altirdning 11 , 8952 IRDNING, Austria.
Contact person: Christian Fasching;
Function of the Project Partner: Partner
Medizinische Universität Wien, Austria.
Contact person: Peter Klimek;
Function of the Project Partner: Partner
Technical University Graz, Graz, Austria.
Contact person: Olga Saukh;
Function of the Project Partner: Partner
University of Liege, Belgium.
Contact person: Nico Gengler;
Function of the Project Partner: Partner
Veterinärmedizinische Universität Wien, Austria.
Contact person: Hermann Schobesberger;
Function of the Project Partner: Partner
Zentrale Arbeitsgemeinschaft österreichischer Rinderzüchter, Universumstraße 33/8, A-1200 Wien, Austria.
Contact person: Martin Stegfellner;
Function of the Project Partner: Partner
ZuchtData Dienstleistungen GMbH, Dresdnerstr. 89, 1200 Wien, Austria.
Contact person: Christa Egger-Danner;
Function of the Project Partner: Partner
Staff
Sölkner Johann, Project Staff
Willam Alfons, Project Staff
Zollitsch Werner, Project Staff
Wurzinger Maria, Project Staff
Winckler Christoph, Project Staff
Quendler Elisabeth, Project Staff
Schodl Katharina, Project Staff
Leitner Carolin, Project Staff (bis 30.09.2021)
Rienesl Lisa Maria, Project Staff
Lürzel Stephanie, Project Staff
BOKU Research Units
Department of Sustainable Agricultural Systems
Division of Agricultural Engineering
Division of Livestock Sciences
Funded by
Austrian Research Promotion Agency, Sensengasse 1, 1090 Wien, Austria
Abstract
The era of digitally enhanced farming with rapid advances in genomics, sensor technologies, Internet of Things with the occurrence of vast numbers of other structured and unstructured data combined with new possibilities for aggregating and analyzing the data offer both potentials for a second green revolution and, at the same time, challenges for dairy farmers and industry. Roles are going to change. There is the risk that Austrian dairying can no longer determine the direction in the breeding goal and thus positioning their products because access to relevant data is not ensured in the future.
D4Dairy project will address the challenges of the stakeholders along the dairy value chain, in particular of the farmers and the economic partners contributing to this project. The overall goal of D4Dairy is the generation of added value for herd management as well as the improvement of animal health, animal welfare and product quality by creating a well-developed (data) network and by exploiting the opportunities offered by new (digital) technologies and analytical methods. The specific objectives of D4Dairy therefore are a) to capture the enormous amounts of diverse data (theoretically) available on the farm and from other partners along the milk chain; b) to aggregate these data into one central database, assess different data communication methods in compliance with legal requirements and develop a concept of interoperability; (c) to perform complex and advanced analyses in order to detect risk factors and identify early predictors of health problems using big data approaches, mid-infrared spectra, genetic and genomic studies, mycotoxin detection and information about the impact of housing climate on animal health and welfare; (d) to develop data-based strategies to reduce the use of antimicrobials and implement quality assurance programs and (e) to provide the information obtained from the analyses for decision support using newly developed complex and innovative tools that are easy to apply, operate in real-time in an automated fashion, and whose results are easy to interpret.
Crucial for successful implementation is trust in the data integration framework, which will need to address questions related to data “ownership” and data security, especially as regards cloud-based storage solutions. Farmers will only use an integrated system if they are confident that they can entrust their proprietary data to the system.
To address and master these complex and interdisciplinary challenges, D4Dairy has assembled an internationally competitive, transdisciplinary Austrian science hub, uniting experts and researchers from universities, centres of excellence, other research organisations, domestic and international, professionals from national and international company partners along the dairy value chain (dairy farms and cattle breeders, dairies and milk processors, performance recorders, laboratories, animal health services, marketing and quality assurance organisations); stakeholder organisations and most importantly, national and international technology providers and most importantly, national and international technology providers (sensors, feeding, in-house climate, dairy equipment and instrumentation, data processing and ICT).

Keywords
Information technology; Network engineering; Agricultural engineering; Milk production; Animal husbandry; Animal breeding; Veterinary pharmacology; Animal nutrition; Sustainable agriculture;
Antimicrobial Resistance; Big data; Data integration; Digitalisation; Genetics and Genomics; herd management; Dairy; MIR Spectral Data; Mycotoxins; Livestock health; Housing Climate;
Publications

Costa, A; Bovenhuis, H; Egger-Danner, C; Fuerst-Waltl, B; Obritzhauser, W; Penasa, M (2022): Recurrent mastitis events have a permanent effect on cows’ mammary gland synthesis ability and epithelial integrity.
[Dair'Innov 2022 Congress: Innovations to benefit cow welfare and dairy farming sustainability, Namur, 27.04.2022-29.04.2022]

In: HappyMoo und D4Dairy, Dair'Innov 2022 Congress Innovations to benefit cow welfare and dairy farming sustainability, 26

Kofler, J; Egger-Danner, C; Guggenbichler, S; Fuerst-Waltl, B (2022): Association between lameness and fertility in Austrian Fleckvieh cows.
[XXI Middle European Buiatrics Congress, Stare Jablonki, 19.05.2022-22.05.2022]

In: Polish Association of Buiatrics and University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn, Proceedings of the XXI Middle European Buiatrics Congress, 57-58

Lemmens, L; Kofler, J; Linke, K; Fuerst-Waltl, B; Schodl, K; Schwarzenbacher, H; Phelan, M; Mayerhofer, M; Steiniger, F; Egger-Danner, C (2022): D4Dairy – Lameness prevalence in 10 Austrian dairy farms equipped with AMS and activity sensors.
[Dair'Innov 2022 Congress: Innovations to benefit cow welfare and dairy farming sustainability, Namur, 27.04.2022-29.04.2022]

In: HappyMoo und D4Dairy, Dair'Innov 2022 Congress Innovations to benefit cow welfare and dairy farming sustainability, 31

Liebminger, M; Schwarzenbacher, H; Egger-Danner, C; Fuerst-Waltl, B (2022): Beta-hydroxybutyrate determined in milk and blood may be treated as the same trait in genetic analyses.
[Dair'Innov 2022 Congress: Innovations to benefit cow welfare and dairy farming sustainability, Namur, 27.04.2022-29.04.2022]

In: HappyMoo und D4Dairy, Dair'Innov 2022 Congress Innovations to benefit cow welfare and dairy farming sustainability, 28

Naderlinger, F; Eder, M (2022): The impact of changing to an automatic milking system on dairy performance and farm structure of dairy farms in Austria.
[Dair'Innov 2022 Congress: Innovations to benefit cow welfare and dairy farming sustainability, Namur, 27.04.2022-29.04.2022]

In: HappyMoo und D4Dairy, Dair'Innov 2022 Congress: Innovations to benefit cow welfare and dairy farming sustainability, 34

Quendler, E; Leitner, C (2022): Tägliche manuelle Fütterungstätigkeiten bei Einsatz mobiler Fütterungsroboter in kleinstrukturierter Milchviehhaltung.
[23. Arbeitswissenschaftliches Kolloquium , Potsdam, Germany, März 8-9,2022]

In: Leibnitz-Institut für Agrartechnik und Bioökonomie e. V., Arbeit unter einem D-A-CH: Der Landwirt im 4.0-Modus

Schodl, K; Fuerst-Waltl, B; Schwarzenbacher, H; Rosenkranz, S; D4Dairy-Consortium, Egger-Danner, C (2022): Potential of sensor based phenotypes for breeding: deriving auxiliary traits for metabolic health from an activity and temperature measuring sensor device .
[Dair'Innov 2022 Congress: Innovations to benefit cow welfare and dairy farming sustainability, Namur, 27.04.2022-29.04.2022]

In: HappyMoo und D4Dairy, Dair'Innov 2022 Congress Innovations to benefit cow welfare and dairy farming sustainability, 32

Fürst-Waltl, B; Schwarzenbacher, H (2021): Züchterische Verbesserung der Stoffwechselstabilität.
[ZAR Seminar 2021 Strategien zur Stoffwechsel stabilen Milchkuh, Online, MAR 10-11, 2021]

In: Zentrale Arbeitsgemeinschaft Österreichischer Rinderzüchter (ZAR) (Hrsg.), ZAR Seminar 2021 Strategien zur Stoffwechsel stabilen Milchkuh, 61-68 FullText

Matzhold, C; Lasser, J; Egger-Danner, C; Steininger, F; Fuerst-Waltl, B; Thurner, S; Klimek, P (2021): Identifikation von Risikofaktoren für Stoffwechsel-erkrankungen durch Big Data-Analysen.
[ZAR Seminar 2021 Strategien zur Stoffwechsel stabilen Milchkuh, Online, MAR 10-11, 2021]

In: Zentrale Arbeitsgemeinschaft Österreichischer Rinderzüchter (ZAR) (Hrsg.), ZAR Seminar 2021 Strategien zur Stoffwechsel stabilen Milchkuh, 36-40 FullText

Pfeiffer, L; Fuerst-Waltl, B*; Zollitsch, W; Schwarzenbacher, H; Klimek, P; Egger-Danner, C (2021): Prediction of subclinical ketosis based on automated milking systems (AMS) in dairy cattle.
[BSAS 77th Annual Conference. The Challenge of Change. The New Normal?, Online, Apr 12-15, 2021]

In: BSAS (Hrsg.), animal - science proceedings The Challenge of Change. The New Normal? Proceedings of the British Society of Animal Science, 132; ISSN: 2772-283X

Schodl, K; Fuerst-Waltl, B; Egger-Danner C; D4dairy-Consortium (2021): Strategies for deriving auxiliary traits for lameness prediction and breeding value estimation 117 .
[72nd Annual Meeting of EAAP-European Federation of Animal Science, Davos, Switzerland, 30.08.2021 - 03.09.2021]

In: European Federation of Animal Science (Ed.) , Book of abstracts of the 72nd Annual Meeting of EAAP-European Federation of Animal Science, 117, e-ISBN: 978-90-8686-918-3; DOI: 10.3920/978-90-8686-918-3; ISBN: 978-90-8686-366-2

Schodl, K; Fuerst-Waltl, B; Suntinger, M; Steininger, F; Linke, K; D4Dairy-Consortium; Egger-Danner, C (2021): The D4Dairy-project – How digitalization and data integration pave the way to dairy health improvement.
[ICAR-Interbull 2021 Conference, Leeuwarden, Netherlands, APRIL 26 - 30, 2021]

, Interbull Bulletin, 56, 1-6

Fuerst-Waltl, B; Koeck, A; Werner, A; Dale, L.M.; Sölkner, J.; Egger-Danner, C. (2020): Potential auxiliary traits for ketosis based on MIR spectra.
[71st Annual Meeting of European Federation of Animal Science EAAP 2020, Online, 01.12.2020 - 04.12.2020]

In: European Federation of Animal Science (Ed), Book of abstracts of the 71st Annual Meeting of EAAP-European Federation of Animal Science , 293; ISBN: 978-90-8686-349-5

Fuerst-Waltl, B; Koeck, A; Werner, A; Dale, LM; Sölkner, J; Egger-Danner, C (Konferenz COVID19-bedingt abgesagt) (2020): Genetic relationships between ketosis and potential indicator traits. [Poster]
[British Society of Animal Science Annual Conference 2020 - The Challenge of Change, Nottingham, UK, 30.03.2020 - 01.04.2020]

, Advances in Animal Biosciences, 11 (1), 152-152

Fürst-Waltl, B; Klimek, P; Saukh, O; Wittek, T; D4Dairy Consortium; Egger-Danner, C (2020): D4Dairy: Vorsprung durch Vernetzung.
[10. Kremesberger Tagung Bestandsbetreuung Wiederkäuer, Pottenstein, Austria, 31.01.2020]

In: Bestandsbetreuung Wiederkäuer, Universitätsklinik für Wiederkäuer, Vetmeduni Vienna, 10. Kremesberger Tagung Bestandsbetreuung Wiederkäuer, Gemeinsam für die Tiergesundheit, 93-99

Hintringer, J; Fuerst, C; Egger-Danner, C; Fuerst-Waltl, B (2020): Risk factors associated with milk fever in Austrian Fleckvieh .
[71st Annual Meeting of European Federation of Animal Science EAAP 2020, Online, 01.12.2020 - 04.12.2020]

In: European Federation of Animal Science (Ed) , Book of abstracts of the 71st Annual Meeting of EAAP-European Federation of Animal Science, 531; ISBN: 978-90-8686-349-5

Matzhold, C; Lasser, J; Egger-Danner, C; Steininger, F; Fuerst-Waltl, B; Thurner, S; Klimek, P (2020): A systematic approach to quantify the impact of feeding and farm management on bovine health.
[71st Annual Meeting of European Federation of Animal Science EAAP 2020, Online, 01.12.2020 - 04.12.2020]

In: European Federation of Animal Science (Ed), Book of abstracts of the 71st Annual Meeting of EAAP-European Federation of Animal Science, 366; ISBN: 978-90-8686-349-5

** Costa, A; Schwarzenbacher, H; Meszaros, G; Fuerst-Waltl, B; Fuerst, C; Solkner, J; Penasa, M On the genomic regions associated with milk lactose in Fleckvieh cattle.

J DAIRY SCI. 2019; 102(11): 10088-10099. WoS PubMed FullText FullText_BOKU

* Rienesl, L; Khayatzadeh, N; Köck, A; Dale, L; Werner, A; Grelet, C; Gengler, N; Auer, F; Egger-Danner, C; Massart, X; Sölkner, J (2019): Mastitis Detection from milk mid-infrared (MIR) spectroscopy in dairy cows.

Acta Universitatis Agriculturae et Silviculturae Mendelianae Brunensis, 67(5), 1221-1226; ISSN 1211-8516 FullText FullText_BOKU

Costa, A; Schwarzenbacher, H; Mészáros, G; Fuerst-Waltl, B; Fuerst, C; Sölkner, J; Penasa, M (2019): On the genomic regions affecting milk lactose content in dairy cattle.
[70th Annual Meeting of European Federation of Animal Science EAAP 2019 - Animal Farming for a Healthy World, Ghent, Belgium, 26.08.2019 - 30.08.2019]

In: Wageningen Academic Publishers (Eds.), Book of Abstracts of the 70th Annual Meeting of the European Federation of Animal Science, 143; DOI: 10.3920/978-90-8686-890-2; ISBN: 978-90-8686-339-6

Egger-Danner, C; Fuerst-Waltl, B; Klimek, P; Saukh, O; Wittek, T; D4Dairy-Consortium (2019): Internet of Cows–Opportunities and challenges for improving health, welfare and efficiency in dairying.
[ICAR Conference, Prague, Czech Republic, JUN 17-21, 2019]

In: ICAR (Hrsg.), ICAR Technical Series no. 24, New traits and adding new value to the recording and id services in the animal production, 3-10; ISBN: 92-95014-20-0 FullText

Egger-Danner, C; Suntinger, M; Grandl, F; Majcen, P; Bapst, F; Saukh, O; Fallast, M; Turkaspa, A; Duda, J; Linke, C; Steininger, F; Wittek, T; Fuerst-Waltl, B; Auer, F; Kofler, J (2019): Opportunities and challenges of data integration with focus on claw health for decision support .
[70th Annual Meeting of European Federation of Animal Science EAAP 2019 - Animal Farming for a Healthy World, Ghent, Belgium, 26.08.2019 - 30.08.2019]

In: Wageningen Academic Publishers (Eds.), Book of Abstracts of the 70th Annual Meeting of the European Federation of Animal Science, 470; DOI: 10.3920/978-90-8686-890-2; ISBN: 978-90-8686-339-6

Grandl, F; Kofler, J; Suntinger, M; Majcen, P; Mayerhofer, M; Papst, F; Saukh, O; Fallast, M; Turkaspa, A; Steininger, F; Linke, K; Duda, J; Wittek, T; Fuerst-Waltl, B; Auer, F.J.; Egger-Danner, C (2019): Opportunities and challenges of new technologies for performance recording with focus on claw health and metabolism.
[ICAR Conference, Prague, Czech Republic, JUN 17-21, 2019]

In: ICAR (Hrsg.), ICAR Technical Series no. 24, New traits and adding new value to the recording and id services in the animal production, 95-100; ISBN: 92-95014-20-0 FullText

Obritzhauser, W; Mayerhofer, M; Suntinger, M; Firth, C.; Fuchs, K; Kaesbohrer, A; Fuerst-Waltl, B; Wittek, T; Egger-Danner, C (2019): Integrating bacteriological milk analysis into decision support tools for reducing the use of antimicrobials on dairy farms. [Poster]
[ICAR Conference, Prague, Czech Republic, JUN 17-21, 2019]

In: ICAR (Hrsg.), ICAR Technical Series no. 24, New traits and adding new value to the recording and id services in the animal production, 117-122; ISBN: 92-95014-20-0 FullText

Suntinger, M; Obritzhauser, W; Fuerst-Waltl, B; Firth, C; Mayerhofer, M; Egger-Danner, C; (2019): Practical applications to improve udder health: a pathogen-specific approach. [Poster]
[ICAR Conference, Prague, Czech Republic, JUN 17-21, 2019]

In: ICAR (Hrsg.), ICAR Technical Series no. 24, New traits and adding new value to the recording and id services in the animal production, 367-372; ISBN: 92-95014-20-0 FullText

Vorträge

Fürst-Waltl, B (2021): Hilfsmerkmale für die Stoffwechselstabilität.

Webinar: Ketose – neue Ansätze zur Früherkennung dieser Stoffwechselstörung, JAN 25, 2021, online

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