Digital Dairy Chain
Led by national dairy co-operative First Milk, the collaborators are developing new technologies across three important parts of the dairy supply chain: farm, transport and factory.
The main technology challenges faced by the dairy sector across Southwest Scotland and Cumbria have been identified by farmers, processors, artisan dairy producers, academics, haulage firms and logistics companies.
The Digitalisation Demonstrator project’s collaborators include:
How It Works
Researchers from the University of Strathclyde, University of the West of Scotland and the Scottish Rural College, together with technology businesses, are taking those challenges and developing solutions to overcome the problems raised and increase efficiency.
SME technology businesses involved in the challenges can apply to be supported by the Milk Round Accelerator programme, run by CENSIS, Scotland’s Innovation Centre for sensing, imaging and Internet of Things (IoT) technologies.
The Demonstrator projects are focusing on how digital technologies can dramatically reduce the dairy supply chain’s environmental impact through carbon emissions, water use and plastic packaging.
Digitalisation on this scale will deliver significant economic, social and environmental gains. The results of these projects will be showcased via engagement activity and case studies, with the aim of replicating this work nationally across the wider UK dairy industry.
The Digitalisation Demonstrator
Identify Key Challenges
Demonstrator Solution Projects
Integration into the Dairy Supply Chain
Supply Chain Digitalisation
Economic, Social, and Environmental Gains
- Efficient, value-added milk production
- Supply chain transparency
- Employment & market opportunities
- Sustainable, low carbon impacts
- Innovative tech solutions
- Industry collaboration
- Regional growth
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