A better understanding Automatic Milking by A. Meijering, H. Hogeveen, C. J. A. M. de Koning

By A. Meijering, H. Hogeveen, C. J. A. M. de Koning

This publication displays the information on automated milking generated world wide because the yr 2000. Its is a compendium of the current kingdom of information within the box of computerized milking

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It follows that in the central and western United States, where herds of 500 to several thousand cows predominate, widespread adoption of automatic milking will not occur unless capital cost of these systems decrease or labour costs increase substantially. Since both of these parameters are highly likely to trend in this direction, more widespread adoption of automatic milking in nearly all areas of the developed world would appear to be only a matter of time. Conclusion The number of farms milking with automatic milking has increased significantly since 1998.

7%) never attends courses, lectures and workshops. 6%). 2% of the interviewed farmers never go to these clubs. 1%). About half of the farmers consulted an external consultant before buying an AM-system. 3%) and lower in Germany and also in Belgium. Farmers were asked to select the style of farming that best fits their situation. They could choose only one of five options depending on which aspect they find most important in their management: a “fine tuner” wants to earn a good revenue with a lot of dedication and craftsmanship, a “cost saver” focuses on the minimisation of production costs, a “grower” wants to expand his farm through new investments, a “labour saver” seeks to increase output and save labour through mechanisation, and a “diversifier” realises a surplus by diversification such as on-farm processing and selling of own products.

Topic Number of items Percentage 1. 2. 5 100 GMO’s BSE Akrylamid 4. Economics of farming 5. Nitrofen 6. Newcastle disease 7. PCB’s FMD 9. Cloning 10. Organic farming Total 44 Automatic milking – A better understanding Table 2. The most frequent general categories covered. Topic 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. g. 9 100 Discussion In the year studied automatic milking was virtually absent from the news contained in the 14 European newspapers studied. Of the 1,385 news items concerning agriculture and the food chain recorded only 3 dealt with this new technology.

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