The Regional Association for Performance and Quality Inspection in Animal Breeding (Landesverband Baden-Württemberg für Leistungs- und Qualitätsprüfungen in der Tierzucht e.V.) is an agricultural organization of the state of Baden-Württemberg.

The most important task of the LKV Baden-Württemberg is to carry out performance and quality tests in the field of animal production and to advise farmers for better farm management. This includes milk recording for more than 270,000 cows in 4,000 farms in the state Baden-Württemberg. We also deliver IT tools to farmers and extension workers for management and decision making. In addition, the LKV BW is the official association for animal identification.

14 years ago, LKV BW, together with veterinarians, developed the first system for recording animal health data in Germany in order to improve the health and robustness of dairy cows. The data is accessible and retrieved either through a modern online herd management software, or via an app for smartphones, and made available to breeding associations.

Our task in theHoliCowproject is to implement the project objectives and to ensure the coordination in the state Baden-Württemberg, as well as in Germany. We also provide data from dairy farms, including biomarkers from dairy cows. Our special expertise in evaluating the results of the innovative milk analysing technology with infrared analysers will also be a great asset for the project. In addition, we will be involved in the creation of monitoring models, in the integration of routines and in the development and implementation of IT-tools for the farmers. Our experienced team will also train the farmers and empower them to use the new tools in order to become more resilient.

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