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Automatic milking systems (AMS, VMS, robotic milking)

Ekomilk Horizon & AMP robot version

Ekomilk-AMP and its partners are now launching (Q1 2018) a special version of its popular Ekomilk Horizon for automatic milking systems (AMS).  The online AMP calibration, AMP notification and AMP maintenance modules which are always included with Ekomilk Horizon are also adapted and extended for this special version for milk robots. Orders can be placed already, the first new shipments will leave the factory from March 2018.

Automatic milking systems (AMS)

Automatic milking systems, abbreviated AMS, are systems whereby the cow decides when it wants to be milked and fed (feeding time). Milking can happen at any point in the day (or night). Other names are voluntary milking systems (VMS) or simply milk robots. After all, the robot automates several steps of the milking process such as cow identification (often via RFID), teat rinsing or cleansing and teat cup attachment. In that context, the term milking robot is more correct than milk robot.  The percentage of milking parlors equipped with automatic milking systems (AMS) is growing rapidly in various European countries. In Northern countries, milk robots or AMS will soon exceed 50% of market share (milking parlor).

With automatic milking systems (AMS), it is important to keep monitoring dairy livestock (milk cows) closely and regularly. While there exist "Shuttles" or "Sampler" for automatic sampling of each cow which is milked by the robot, such approach still requires cumbersome sample transport. The new Ekomilk-AMP system for automatic milking systems (VMS, AMS) does not require any Shuttle nor Sampler nor Sample Feeder: highly accurate milk analysis happens in real-time on the farm at approx. €0.03 per test.

Milk components and cow health parameters measured for milk robots are:

  • SCC: somatic cell count
  • Fat content
  • Protein content
  • Total solid content
  • Acidosis and ketosis indicators
  • Optional: lactose indicator

Other milk parameters are on request. The Ekomilk-AMP system allows for automatic import of cow IDs via RFID , via database import or via a template system.

New Ekomilk & AMP catalogue available

 

A reference catalogue for real-time milk analysis and quality control systems, in or near the milking parlor, the milk truck or the lab.

Please find here an indicative catalogue with new Ekomilk & AMP offerings for approved distributors and resellers:

Milking robots: no need for Shuttle, ORI sampler or Sample Feeder

For most brands and models of milking robots, the new Ekomilk-AMP can be connected directly. There is no need for for a Shuttle, ORI sampler (collector) or AMPI Sample Feeder. The cost per test remains at around €0.04 and measurement results are available over SMS, email and online app with optional customised reports.

There is a special module included for diagnostics and maintenance of the Ekomilk & AMP system, including the robot connection.

For more details please visit the AMP (Animal Monitoring) website:

Milking robots: no need for Shuttle, ORI sampler or Sample Feeder

For most brands and models of milking robots, the new Ekomilk-AMP can be connected directly. There is no need for for a Shuttle, ORI sampler (collector) or AMPI Sample Feeder.

For more details:

http://animalmonitoring.com/milking-robots-automatic-real-time-milk-quality-milk-composition-analysis-without-shuttle-0-04-per-test/

A comprehensive and specialised package for selective dry cow therapy (SDCT) from Ekomilk and AMPI

Finally there is an affordable and comprehensive package for selective dry cow therapy (SDCT) from AMPI (Animal Monitoring Platform) which includes the popular Ekomilk somatic cell counter ($0.04 per test and high accuracy) and a handy configurable Cloud software for decision making about drying-off animals. In your own protected private usergroup, you can either choose the standard default algorithm for drying off, you can configure or you can ask for a full customisation using external databases.

HOW TO AVOID ANTIBIOTIC RESIDUES IN MILK - In the May16 issue from M-News by M-Team

HOW TO AVOID ANTIBIOTIC RESIDUES IN MILK

A must read in M-News by M-Team Ugent in the May 2016 issue. The full article can be found on:

http://mailmonitor.mediactief.be/t/ViewEmail/j/CA22DA16E2FBCBE5

 

About M-News:

Excerpt from website:

WHY THE TREATMENT OF CLINICAL MASTITIS FAILS - In the latest issue from M-News by M-Team

 

WHY THE TREATMENT OF CLINICAL MASTITIS FAILS (1)

A must read in M-News by M-Team Ugent in the September 2016 issue. The full article can be found on:

http://mailmonitor.mediactief.be/t/ViewEmail/j/B480D097717E7C57/3F22B99FC30ABE6DD8E2A916412CAE5B

 

About M-News:

Excerpt from website:

The Quality Milk Alliance received the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi’s “Excellence Award in Interdisciplinary Scholarship Award” on April 9, 2016, at the Michigan State University

The Quality Milk Alliance received the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi’s “Excellence Award in Interdisciplinary Scholarship Award” on April 9, 2016, at the Michigan State University Chapter 041 – Annual Initiation and Awards Ceremony in East Lansing, Michigan.

http://qualitymilkalliance.com/2016/09/19/qma-receives-excellence-award/

Congratulations to the QMA team and Dr Erskine in particular!

For further background about QMA:

Interesting topics and seminars at IDF Mastitis 2016 in September in Nantes, France

 

The conference takes place from September 7-9, 2016 at Cité des Congrès, Nantes, France:

http://www.idfmastitis2016.com/en/

Unveiling the new Ekomilk Horizon on-farm mini-lab at the World Buiatrics Congress, July 2016, Dublin, Ireland

Real-time animal health and milk quality data on a Cloud-based sharing platform, on herd level and on individual level.

Unveiling the new Ekomilk Horizon at World Buiatrics Congress early July 2016 in Dublin (WBC2016): automatic somatic cell count (SCC) with Cloud upload and with mastitis monitor app, 0.04$/test, 45s avg/test, autofiltering+rinsing, guaranteed high accuracy with DHI and official milk control laboratory. An optional measurement module for fats, proteins, total solids and conductivity can be added. In this way, besides mastitis control and udder health evaluation also ketosis and acidosis can be evaluated.

Measurements can be performed on tank level (as an average of livestock herd) and on individual (and even udder quarter) level, especially for SCC.

world buiatrics congress 2016 wbc2016 dublin the worlds premier cattle health congress

From the WBC2016 website:

http://www.wbc2016.com/about/

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The World Association for Buiatrics have the honour to invite you to WBC 2016 (World Buiatrics Congress) that will take place in Dublin, from the 3rd to 8th July 2016.

Buiatrics is the study of cattle and their diseases. The World Buiatrics Congress (WBC) is recognised as the “Olympic Games of conferences” for people who study cattle. This congress is the official gathering of the World Association of Buiatrics (WAB), of which Veterinary Ireland is a member organisation.

The website of World Association of Buiatrics (WAB) can be found here, including the following mission statement and description of origin:

http://www.buiatrics.com/

WAB Mission Statement:
To promote goodwill and knowledge transfer within the international veterinary community by exchanging and discussing scientific, cultural and personal experiences within the framework of the World Association for Buiatrics.

Origin:
Founded at the 2nd International Congress on Cattle Diseases in Vienna (Austria) in May 17, 1962, the preliminary meeting was held in Hannover (Germany) in October 6-10, 1960.

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The Ekomilk booth at WBC 2016 which will focus on demonstrations of real-time animal health data collection, milk composition and milk quality analysis in the exhibition hall:

http://www.wbc2016.com/sponsor/ekomilk/

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