Precision dairy farming is one of the major topics that influences dairy farming developments world-wide. Precision dairy farming involves the use of technologies to measure physiological, behavioral, and production indicators on individual animals. The primary goals of precision dairy farming are to 1) maximize animal performance, 2) detect diseases in individual cows early, 3) detect herd level health and production problems early and 4) minimize the use of medication through preventive health measures. The use of precision dairy farming technologies enables the fulfillment of these goals without (too much) additional labor input, something that is increasingly important on current dairy farms. Examples of precision dairy farming technologies include milk yield recording systems, milk component monitors, activity monitors, lying and rumination behavior monitors, milk conductivity indicators, and heat detection monitors. The individual animal information these technologies collect supplements observations of the herdspeople. By proper processing of these data in combination with decision support systems, the application of these sensors improves animal monitoring and decision-making.
The second international conference on Precision Dairy Farming will be held in Rochester, Minnesota, on June 18 and 19, 2019, with an optional farm tour on June 20.