May 24, 2024

How Artificial Intelligence can help your dairy farm

As a dairy farmer, you're familiar with the constant pressure to optimize your operations and stay ahead of the competition. From monitoring herd health to maximizing milk production, the list of priorities can feel endless.

But what if we told you that Artificial intelligence can empower you to make better decisions for your dairy using farm data?

Contrary to popular belief, AI can do more than just crunch numbers for you. It can provide dairy farmers with a level of insight and foresight that was previously unimaginable.

Let’s delve into how AI analytics can help your dairy farm, its benefits, and how to address security risks.

The power of AI-driven insights

It’s one thing to automate your data collection and another to make sense of the resulting data.

Most farmers keep records of essential variables like cow behavior, rations, dry matter intake, production and more. Yet many don’t know about or have access to tools that turn this data into valuable and actionable insights.

Software that uses advanced technology like artificial intelligence to process farm data is one solution that will save you time and enable you to make data-driven decisions. How? AI can help you sort through various data points so you can spot issues and trends. And dairy farmers who use AI-powered analytics reported a 20% reduction in the time spent on data analysis and reporting.

But AI-based analysis does more than just save you time. In a recent study by McKinsey & Company, better monitoring of animal health and growth conditions thanks to AI could produce $70 billion to $90 billion in value (output and productivity improvement) by 2030.

This is possible because such solutions can look at all of your farm data within minutes and identify trends and patterns that would otherwise go unnoticed.

For example, Connecterra’s Copilot helps spot changes in key metrics and outliers without browsing through data. It analyzes all farm data within minutes and sends you a weekly summary of changes that need your attention. Using this feature, Allan, a dairy farmer in Jefferson Wisconsin, noticed an irregularity in milk production for fresh cows. Our Copilot feature highlighted a seemingly abnormal data point – a significant decrease in milk production for cows in the 1-7 DIM group, something which Allan wouldn’t have noticed otherwise.

Benefits of using AI for dairy farms

According to the World Economic Forum, farms using AI-based solutions can see a 10-20% increase in milk production and a 15-25% reduction in operating costs. Intelligent systems can help farmers:

  • Optimize herd health and nutrition;
  • Predict and prevent disease outbreaks;
  • Automate routine tasks like feeding and milking;
  • Identify opportunities for process improvements;
  • Enhance decision-making with data-driven insights.

AI can do more than enable farmers to respond to immediate challenges. It also helps you identify long-term trends and optimize your operations for greater efficiency and profitability. 

And this isn’t just useful for farmers. Farm advisors can also leverage tools, like Connecterra, to provide more valuable guidance to their clients. By accessing a comprehensive and real-time view of what's happening on a farm, advisors can tailor their recommendations and help farmers make better-informed decisions.

How to prioritize data security

AI is quickly growing in popularity and reshaping a lot of technology. But with this come security concerns.

However, there are small steps you can take to keep your farm data safe, like using encryption, access controls, and regular backups to safeguard sensitive information.

Additionally, clear communication and understanding of how technology providers use your data, for example, outlined in their privacy policies, can help ensure your farm's data is handled carefully and respectfully.

The future of dairy farming

AI offers practical solutions for dairy farmers to optimize operations and boost productivity. By leveraging AI-driven analytics, farmers can make informed decisions and prevent issues like disease outbreaks. And these benefits aren’t just immediate, AI enables farmers and advisors to make informed decisions for long-term success as well.

Connecterra's Copilot feature uses the power of AI to provide dairy farmers with real-time insights and predictive analytics that can revolutionize their operations. By seamlessly integrating with your farm's data sources, Copilot can help you optimize herd health, detect diseases early, and make more informed, data-driven decisions. 

Learn more about Connecterra Copilot or try it out with a free 60-day trial.