Companies form partnership to help dairy farmers

John Deere and DeLaval partner to help dairy farmers. (Courtesy photo.)

John Deere, Moline, Illinois, and DeLaval of Tumba, Sweden, have joined efforts to create the Milk Sustainability Center, a digital ecosystem to help dairy farmers improve the efficiency and sustainability of their operations.

The ecosystem will be open for partners to join, with the objective of providing farmers with data needed for a holistic view of the dairy operations.

Dairy farmers will use the Milk Sustainability Center to monitor nutrient use efficiency for nitrogen, phosphorous, potassium, and carbon dioxide equivalent, for their entire farm, specific fields, or their herd. The MSC will also provide data to allow dairy farmers to compare their performance to other dairy operations and identify key areas for improvement. MSC aims to serve dairy farmers independent of farm machinery brands and herd management software.

After farmer authorization, data from DeLaval Plus and John Deere Operations Center will be automatically pulled into the Milk Sustainability Center. Manual data input will be reduced, ensuring high data quality, and ultimately helping an entire farm system—fields, cows, employees, advisors, machines, and other assets—work efficiently together.

MSC is cloud-based for desktop or mobile devices, built and powered by Dairy Data Warehouse BV, a Dutch-based company in operation for the last 10 years offering data solutions for sustainable dairy. Dairy farmers, consultants, dealers, and other partners can also be invited to view their data in MSC.

The initial version of MSC will be released in summer 2024 in North America and selected European Union countries and will be free of charge. A premium version with extended capabilities will be released at a later date. For more information, see a dealer or visit or