Sensor Assisted Alpine Milk Production

the common challenge

Dairy farming is a traditional business sector of the Alpine Space, adapted to its specific framework patterns: mountain pastures with topography that demand robust & healthy animals & limited, scattered space.
Alpine Dairy farming relies on SME, mostly family farms.
Due to agro-industrial competitors, traditional farms face structural problems to keep up with modern, IT-based quality control.
Although farms are integrated in networks of milk recording organisations & procedures, they lack capacities & custom-fit IT-approaches to comply with principles of the green economy, e.g. a stronger focus on animal wellbeing & product quality.

the main objective of the project

SESAM aims at introducing an innovative IT-sensor based framework for innovative decision-support, tailored to small farm (SME) needs, that enables them to improve competitiveness, animal wellbeing, decrease calf-loss through real-time monitoring while preserving the traditional & culturally relevant role in the regional socioeconomic structure.

the main outputs and who will benefit from them

SESAM will work via the transnational existing partner network of milk recording organisations (reaching out to 80.000 farms & more than 3 M cows), in cooperation with key research organisations & farms themselves & implement an Alpine wide solution through pilots & market roll out. The sensor systems will meet farmer's needs: easy-to-use & cost-efficient. The SESAM system will be open, integrative, connected to existing recording data/monitoring procedures. 

the approach to tackle the challenges

As a transnational result, the entire Alpine dairy milk production will be provided with a highly accessible, innovative
IT-tool, fully embedded in the existing network of milk quality & animal health monitoring. Competitiveness & job security, following green economy principle, will be improved while safeguarding traditional farming methods.
Transnational policy take up will be realised through cooperation with Alpine Convention, EUSALP AG 2 & 27 (policy)


Total eligible costs: 2.242.925 EUR
ERDF grant: 1.906.486 EUR


Project start date: 17/04/2018
Project end date: 16/04/2021