Representation and Education

ONLINE WEBINAR - The Big Data Revolution and the Cattle Vet

The Big Data Revolution and the Cattle Vet

Tuesday 26th May, 8-9pm

Being presented by Chris Hudson

“Big data” is a real buzz-phrase of the last ten years, and the concept of the value of data (and the decisions which can be based on it) has become increasingly pervasive across industry and society. Big data is commonly defined using the idea of the “four Vs” (volume, veracity, velocity and variety), although more recently a number of broader definitions have also become popular; there is now considerable overlap with the general concept of data-driven decision making.

In fact, the basic idea of using data to inform decision making on dairy farms has been around for some time, and in many ways the dairy industry has been an early adopter of a number of big data concepts. For example, while the term “precision farming” is usually considered to have originated from arable farming, robot milking systems were gaining popularity on dairy units before the majority of precision farming techniques were widely used in the cereals sector.

This talk will explore the concepts of big data, describe the ways in which big data can add value to a farm business, and discuss the potential role of the cattle vet now and in the future in ensuring farmers, cows and vets all benefit from the big data revolution.

This is a FREE webinar for BCVA members and will be broadcast on TUESDAY 26th May from 8-9pm and will be presented by Chris Hudson.

Chris qualified from Bristol vet school in 2002, and has worked in vet practice and academia. He holds the RCVS Certificate and Diploma in Cattle Health and Production, and is an RCVS Recognised Specialist in this area as well as holding a PhD for work on factors associated with fertility in UK dairy herds. He has many years’ experience of delivering consultancy to dairy herds across the UK around all aspects of herd health and efficiency; particular interests include measuring and monitoring dairy herd performance. His research interests focus on deriving maximum value from routinely recorded farm data, and using simulation to aid decision making.

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PC-Based attendees - Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server

Mac®-based attendees - Mac OS® X 10.6 or newer

Mobile attendees - iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phone or Android tablet

We look forward to 'seeing' you there! The Webinar counts as 1 hour of CPD and a CPD certificate will be available to download after attending the webinar.


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26th May 2020 - 26th May 2020
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