Measure the interest of existing or future digital solutions on the technical, human and economic aspects.
1. The milking robot introduced in 2008 has made it possible to reduce the milking workload (approximately 900 fewer working hours) for an additional cost of approximately €18,000 per year, without changing milk production parameters (same production per cow, same concentrate cost, grazing practice) .

2. The Herd Navigator is a mini laboratory for real-time milk analysis. The results of the analyses provide useful information for herd management (reproduction, health, etc…).

3. The measurement of grass biomasses present in grasslands from aerial imagery. Under development. The first results give R2s between ground measurements and images in the order of 0. 75. 

4. In reflection, the virtual fence to manage grazing animals. 

5. Hoeing corn with a robot. The objective is to be able to weed the maize without having to intervene. Under development.

Resources needed

Human and fund resources: CASDAR, Regional Council of Pays de la Loire, the Institute of the Livestock, Pays de la Loire Chamber of agriculture

Evidence of success

The milking robot introduced in 2008 was made possible to reduce the milking workload (approximately 900 fewer working hours)

Difficulties encountered

It took three years to find the right cow traffic to combine milking robot and grazing.

Potential for learning or transfer

Transfer at the time of the open house of the farm (every five years), during the study visits of the farm, article in the press, newsletters, training ...
Main institution
Conseil Régional Pays de Loire
Pays de la Loire, France
Start Date
February 2014
End Date


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