Eurotier 2022

Digital tools the key to greater efficiency

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Digital tools have become indispensable in the barn and on the farm. A large proportion of farmers see digitization as a great opportunity for more sustainable agriculture, according to a survey by DLG and Bitkom.

Rising costs for energy and feed, extreme weather conditions and new requirements to reduce carbon dioxide and nitrogen emissions - agriculture has never faced so many challenges as it does today. This makes it all the more crucial to produce efficiently and transparently. Digitalization can make an important contribution to this. This is shown by a representative survey of 500 agricultural businesses conducted by the German Agricultural Society (DLG) and the digital association Bitkom. According to the DLG, more than two-thirds of the farmers surveyed in this country (68 percent) see digitization as a major opportunity for more sustainable agriculture. A third (32 percent) have farm or herd management systems in place, and a quarter (24 percent) have intelligent feeding systems, some of which can mix feed for individual animals to reduce their emissions of climate-damaging methane.

"Farms are recognizing the opportunities offered by digital solutions," says Dr. Bernhard Rohleder, summarizing the results of the survey. Nevertheless, the Bitkom CEO calls for greater support for farmers in introducing the technology, because the vast majority of farms (83 percent) see investment costs as one of the biggest obstacles holding back the digitization of agriculture.

Assistance systems for intelligent livestock management

New barn concepts and digital assistance systems offer a low-threshold entry into smart farming and are the basis for intelligent and resource-saving management. With systems for herd and farm management, farmers can optimize their daily routines, use feed more efficiently, and ensure greater animal welfare based on the analysis of animal data or animal health parameters. Real-time detection also provides insights into the health status of individual cows. In addition, the feeding behavior and calving behavior of the animals can be observed and evaluated. Furthermore, the daily updated evaluation of the data allows for a quick adjustment and needs-based optimization of the feed rations.