The DASIE Project

WELCOME TO THE PROJECT

IceRobotics, in collaboration with Harper Adams University, Kingshay and Müller are proud partners in the Dairy Animal Sensor Integrated Engineering project (DASIE).

DASIE is co-funded by Innovate UK, the UK’s innovation agency. DASIE focusses on data and farm system integration and the development of new farm sensing technology.

AIMS & OBJECTIVES

DASIE is designed to explore how technology can be used to help farmers manage their business more efficiently while simultaneously improving animal health and welfare.

  • Animal welfare
  • Farm staff management
  • Farm profitability

The project will involve field testing on research farms, economic validation on commercial herds and communication with the dairy farming community. This is vital to help farmers calculate the business impact on their dairy herds – helping the dairy industry as a whole to become more competitive in national and international markets.

TECHNOLOGY

Through continuous monitoring of animal behaviour, the DASIE project will explore the use of integrated systems engineering to help dairy farmers improve cattle health and welfare.

  • Systems integration
  • Optimised alerting
  • Economic validation

The project will explore integration with existing farm systems and equipment such as milk meters and feed dispensers, maximising the systems farmers already have. This will allow farmers to take swift action to address health conditions such as fertility problems, lameness and mastitis before the situation becomes more serious and more costly.

PROJECT PARTNERS

Each of DASIE's industry leading partners brings different areas of expertise to the project.

ICEROBOTICS LTD:

IceRobotics is the world’s leading developer and provider of data collection and analysis products for monitoring dairy cow behaviour. The company developed the world’s first accelerometer-based wireless sensor system for dairy cattle behaviour monitoring, and the world’s first cloud-enabled alerting system for dairy farmers and their advisors. IceRobotics has commercialised the technology to support insight-based decision making in the dairy farming community through its CowAlert System.

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HARPER ADAMS UNIVERSITY:

Harper Adams’ attractive rural location in the heart of England provides the best of town and country. With a reputation for excellence and innovation, the Shropshire campus offers state-of-the-art facilities and rewarding courses for undergraduate, postgraduate and lifelong learners in agriculture, agribusiness, animal, engineering, food, rural and land-based studies.

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KINGSHAY:

Kingshay provides independent and practical support to farmers throughout the UK based on its own trials, research and investigations. Kingshay’s range of services includes technical notes and reports based on practical farm-based tests, field scale evaluations, surveys and product comparisons; the UK’s most widely used comprehensive dairy herd costings and analysis; on-farm consultancy advice and training workshops. Based on a commercial dairy farm in the heart of the Somerset milk field, the Kingshay team of agricultural specialists, all have practical farming backgrounds and agricultural qualifications enabling them to understand the challenges facing farmers so that they can help them spot the opportunities to develop a sustainable and efficient farming future.

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MÜLLER:

Müller Milk & Ingredients aims to be Britain’s biggest and best fresh milk and ingredients business producing skimmed, semi-skimmed, whole, and flavoured milk products for brands such as Black & White, The One, freshnlo and FRijj .  We also have the capacity to produce salted, unsalted and lactic butter each year for both the domestic and international markets.   We look to work in partnership with farmers who share our ambition for the future and want to be the best long-term home for the milk they produce.

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FUNDING

INNOVATE UK:

This project is co-funded by Innovate UK.

Innovate UK is the new name for the Technology Strategy Board – the UK’s innovation agency. Taking a new idea to market is a challenge. Innovate UK funds, supports and connects innovative businesses through a unique mix of people and programmes to accelerate sustainable economic growth. For further information visit www.innovateuk.org.

TO FIND OUT MORE, EMAIL DASIE@ICEROBOTICS.COM