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General informations

The project began in October 2018 and is running until April 2022. The total budget is € 4,129,400, of which € 2,311,410 are funded by Interreg NWE program. The project counts 13 partners from 7 countries.

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HappyMoo Project
(on-going)

HappyMoo aims at enabling farmers, veterinarians and extended workers to evaluate the welfare of dairy cows.

This project is funded by Interreg North-West-Europe Program

Context

In the highly competitive NWE dairy sector (60% of EU milk), animal welfare is an increasing concern for both consumers and authorities and is a cause of economic losses. In this framework, HappyMoo aims at providing dairy farmers, vets and extension workers a tool to monitor cows’ welfare and in particular the freedom from disease, hunger and stress. To achieve this, milk recording organizations (8), one IT-company, one pilot lab and research centres (3) are partners to build and design this tool, providing amounts of data and processing them via different statistical approaches. In particular, the possibility to use the mid-infrared spectrum of the milk to predict an impairment in those 3 freedoms will be investigated.

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On-going Projects

D4Dairy

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D4Dairy, an Austrian project coordinated by Zuchtdata aims to provide digital support to dairy management via a data-driven, networked information system, exploiting the potential of advanced technologies (mid-infra-red spectra, genome information, …) and advanced data analysis to further improve animal health, nutrition, animal welfare and product quality.

EMR EEIG is a company partner involved in data provision within the P2.2.: Disease Detection With Milk Spectral Data – Use of milk midinfrared spectroscopy to predict the health status of dairy cows.

This project began in October 2018 and will end up in September 2022.

Improving taste and flavour of dairy products (ITF –Milk)

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The purpose of the project is to be able to predict milk flavour alterations via the MIR analysis of milk. To achieve this, samples will be collected in several European countries and will be analysed by gas chromatography for free fatty acids. These results will be compared to the MIR spectrum in order to find predictive equations.

EMR is a company partner, providing samples.

The project began in December 2019 and is running until end of November 2022.

Past project: OptiMIR

Funded by the INTERREG North West Europe program (ERDF), it led to EMR and following results

Spectral Standardisation

Spectral Standardisation

The triple objective is to obtain similar spectra over time, across models of machine and across brands of machine. The network is comprised of approximately 65 MIR spectrometers in 25 milk laboratories.

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Equations and Models

Equations and Models

The OPTIMIR project has resulted in the development of key models and equations ranging from the prediction of milk contstituents to indicators of cow health and efficiency.

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Survey Results

Survey Results

A detailed survey of members was carried out on the theme of “The Perception and Opinion of the Farmers and their Consultants about the Sustainability of Milk Production and the Use of Farm Management Computerized Tools.”

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STANDARDISATION OF MIR SPECTROMETERS ACROSS OPTIMIR NETWORK

 

The triple objective is to obtain similar spectra overtime, across models of machine, and across brands of machine. The network is comprised with around 65 MIR spectrometers in 25 milk laboratories.

We’ve proven that the standardisation of machines is mandatory :

The OptiMIR network involves Milk Recording Organisations and Research Partners. It’s an innovative framework for the development of dairy farm management tools based on MIR technology.

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OPTIMIR MODELS AND EQUATIONS

 

Available predictive equations (2015) :

  • Milk concentrations of Ca, P, Na, K, Mg
  • Milk concentrations of Fatty Acids (e.g. C10, C12, C14, C18:1cis9…)
  • Milk concentrations of BHB, Acetone and Citrate
  • Methane emissions
  • Warning indicator of sub-clinical ketosis based on milk BHB and Acetone

Predictive equation in progress and expected soon :

  • Warning indicator of energy deficit based on milk BHB, Acetone, Citrate, C10, C12, C14 and C18:1cisC9
  • Warning indicator of sub-clinical ketosis based on spectral variations
  • Warning indicator of disturbed energy balance based on spectral variations

Predictive equation in progress and expected in longer term :

  • Pregnancy monitoring tool based on spectral variations
  • Warning indicator of sub-clinical acidosis based on spectral variations
  • Warning indicator of disturbed energy balance based on spectral variations
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