Precision Dairy Farming

About us

As the leaders of this international collaboration, Henk Hogeveen, Marcia Endres, and Jeffrey Bewley endeavor to establish an unbiased, progressive, collaborative network for advancing the exciting field of precision dairy farming. This informal network will work together, possibly with others, to host precision dairy farming meetings each year. We envisage two types of meetings: regional meetings, aimed at regional dairy producers and advisors as a means of extension as well as International Scientific meetings, as a means to exchange research results and think and discuss developments in the field of precision dairy farming. The meetings will be focused on the technology needs of dairy farmers and dairy cows with a strong emphasis on adoption, implementation, and real-world applications. By nature, this collaboration will intimately involve many innovative strategic commercial partners.

 

Jeffrey Bewley

is originally from Rineyville, Kentucky where he grew up working with his grandfather on the family dairy. With a BS from the University of Kentucky, MS from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and PhD from Purdue University, Jeffrey joined the University of Kentucky as extension dairy specialist in 2008. Following up on his PhD work on automated temperature monitoring and body condition scoring, Jeffrey’s program at the University of Kentucky has focused heavily on the development, refinement, adoption, evaluation, and economics of precision dairy farming technologies. The University of Kentucky Coldstream Dairy uses more than a dozen precision dairy farming technologies. Jeffrey’s team of graduate students and farm staff strive to improve the quality of information provided by precision dairy farming technologies.

Henk Hogeveen

was born in Nijkerk, the Netherlands and grew up on a medium sized dairy farm. The farm was moved to Leusden where he grew up. At the age of 22, Henk had to decide whether to become a farmer or not. After some doubts (and depending on the weather and milk price still some regrets), Henk did not take over the family farm. In one of the first precision dairy farming projects in the world (the Dutch “Milk Production Project”), he received his PhD at the Veterinary Faculty of Utrecht University on the topic of Automated diagnosis of mastitis problems. After work at various Dutch research institutes, always on the crossroads of dairy farm (animal health) management, technology and economics he started working at the Business Economics group of Wageningen University, where he currently holds a personal chair in Animal Health Management. Together with his team of postdocs, PhD students and MSc students he works on high quality research to support farmers with decisions on animal health. He does so by combining knowledge on animal health and physiology with economic modelling. Precision dairy farming is one of the fields Henk is active in.

Marcia Endres

is a Professor in the Department of Animal Science at the University of Minnesota, USA and for the last 12 years has focused her research and extension efforts in the area of dairy cattle management, welfare and behavior. In recent years, along with her team of students and research scientists, she has worked with precision dairy technologies, including behavior and temperature sensors, automated calf feeders and robotic milking systems. All these technologies can help improve animal health and welfare on dairy farms. The dairy farms at the University of Minnesota use individual cow sensors and automated calf feeders, and so far, 96 dairy farms in the region have collaborated in her precision dairy farming projects. Marcia coordinated the 1st US Precision Dairy Conference and Expo in Rochester, MN, June 2013, an international event with more 540 attendees from 24 countries and 25 US states. Marcia received her Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota, M.Sc. from Iowa State University, and a Veterinary Medicine degree from University Federal of Parana, Brazil.