Automatic milking in Northern Europe

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The University of Maryland is embarking on a tour of the
Netherlands and Denmark to discuss some of the problems that may
face the users of milking machines that are designed to boost milk
production while improving animal welfare.

Automatic milking systems (AMS) allow cows to be milked with little or no human interaction. They were first introduced commercially in the Netherlands in 1992 and launches followed in other European countries thereafter. The principal markets for AMS are countries that have high labour costs, high milk prices and family worked farms. The system is designed to to improve milk quality in production, increase the milk yield and improve udder health and animal welfare.

The tour is targeting dairy farm advisers and those who hold general interest in automatic milking systems (AMS). The tour will take place in March and will feature the latest research and findings on the use of AMS on dairy farms.

The tour will address issues such as the impact that automatic milking has on animal health, farming hygiene and teat cleaning requirements. Abnormal milk detection is another topic that will be addressed on the tour.

The tour will take place from 23 March to 24 April.

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