The First International Conference on Precision Dairy Farming was a success!
The conference was well visited with over 350 international participants that came to the WTC Expo in Leeuwarden. There was a unique balance between science and industry, and the conference offered a great opportunity to get to know each other, to raise awareness of new research, and to form new collaborations. A broad range of topics has been discussed from exact time for insemination (and calving) to body and locomotion scoring, social herd structure, labour efficiency, minimisation of attention lists, monitoring and prediction of roughage and grass intake, sleeping of cows, and the balance between management and barn design. We thank the municipality of Leeuwarden for generously sponsoring the welcome reception and social program on Tuesday evening, offering the participants a unique way to experience Leeuwarden. Another highlight of the conference was the chance for scientists to meet farmers actually working with technologies from our industry partners. This brought science and practice close together, and it was a great pleasure to see the discussions held on the farms being so lively and enthusiastic. The many tweets posted during this day were confirming the success of this event. The farm visits were followed by a great social event at the Dairy Campus, where participants enjoyed a delicious BBQ (surprisingly accompanied by an untypical sunny day with nice temperatures) and the chance to get a guided tour of the Campus.
There were over 60 oral presentations, including four interesting and interactive ones of our key-note speakers. Their papers, and all others, can be found in the conference proceedings. For those who haven’t downloaded this book using our conference app, the book can still be bought on-line by visiting Wageningen Academic Publishers. From all oral presentations, Dr. Rosemarie Oberschätzl-Kopp received the ‘Best Presenter’-award for her presentation on the effects of dynamic feedings times on cows’ behaviour. We congratulate her for this achievement, and awarded her with a drawing from our live-cartoonist Michiel van Pol, and free access for the Second International Conference on Precision Dairy Farming in 2019 in Rochester, USA. Please keep an eye on your mailbox and on our website to receive the invitation for this second edition.
As Organizing Committee, we are proud of the success of this conference on Precision Dairy Farming. Thanks to all our sponsors, the Scientific Committee, our key-note speakers and of course all participants. We hope to see so many again in Rochester in 2019.
Chairman of the Organizing Committee
This conference was made possible with the help of several sponsors, especially our Platinum Sponsors: