John Deere and DeLaval have joined efforts to create the Milk Sustainability Center (MSC), a digital eco-system to help dairy farmers improve the efficiency and sustainability of their operations.
The eco-system will be open for partners to join, with the object of providing farmers with data needed for a holistic view of the dairy operations, the company says in a news release.
Dairy farmers will use the MSC to monitor nutrient use efficiency (NUE) of nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, and carbon dioxide equivalent, for their entire farm, specific fields, or their herd. The MSC will also provide data to allow dairy farmers to compare their performance to other dairy operations and identify key areas for improvement. MSC aims to serve dairy farmers independent of farm machinery brands and herd management software.
After farmer authorization, data from DeLaval Plus and John Deere Operations Center will be automatically pulled into the MSC. Manual data input will be reduced, ensuring high data quality, and ultimately helping an entire farm system – fields, cows, employees, advisors, machines, and other assets – work efficiently together.
MSC is cloud-based for desktop or mobile devices, built and powered by Dairy Data Warehouse BV (DDW), a Dutch based company in operation for the last 10 years offering data solutions for sustainable dairy. Dairy farmers, consultants, dealers, and other partners can also be invited to view their data in MSC.
The launch of the John Deere-DeLaval partnership will be a key focus in the John Deere booth at the Agritechnica 2023 trade show, November 12-18, in Hanover, Germany.