October 18, 2022


The economics of sensor-based management of dairy cow suboptimal mobility. By Edwardes et al., page 9682. Early detection and prompt treatment of cows with mild suboptimal mobility can improve farm profitability. Better and more frequent visual detection of mild suboptimal mobility is time-consuming and costly. With a bioeconomic simulation model, we evaluated the economic value of automatic suboptimal mobility detection sensors. Results from this study show that incorporating these sensors in a sensor-based suboptimal mobility management strategy can add economic value to the farm operation. Results also show that the economic value is sensitive to management strategy and sensor performance.

Francis Edwardes, Mariska van der Voort, Henk Hogeveen
Journal of Dairy Science, DOI:https://doi.org/10.3168/jds.2021-21726