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Dr Debbie McConnell: Report published

2016 Scholar, Dr Debbie McConnell’s report is now available on the Nuffield International website. Below is the executive summary of her report, titled:‘Digital Dairy: optimising the value of precision technology in the UK dairy industry.’

Report Title       

Digital Dairy: optimising the value of precision technology in the UK dairy industry

Scholar

Dr Debbie McConnell

Sponsor

Thomas Henry Foundation

Countries visited

Australia, France, Netherlands, New Zealand, USA

 

Objectives of the study tour: 

  • Understand how dairy farmers and the supporting industry are currently using data provided by precision technology and evaluate the skills base required
  • Understand how farmers are assessing technology investments and determining the perceived return on investment.
  • Identify new and emerging technologies of value to the UK dairy sector.
  • Explore the potential to collate data from precision technologies to improve our understanding, develop new technologies and facilitate new mechanisms for conducting research.

Messages:

  • There is significant scope to drive grassland utilisation on UK dairy farms but emerging technologies need to be validated
  • Technology developments offer enormous potential to improve both technical efficiency and the image of farming within the UK dairy sector and should be embraced
  • Technology adoption promotes better measurement but does not guarantee better management
  • Current use of technology is being hindered by a data management and data interpretation skills gap both on-farm and in the supporting dairy industry. This needs to be addressed to capture the true value of technology
  • Further integration of research and industry to identify key performance indicators for businesses using technologies, and tools for cost-benefit assessment are essential
  • There must be a move from a technology-centric to a system-centric view of precision agriculture

 

See Debbie’s report at:

 

http://nuffieldinternational.org/live/