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MILK LEAKAGE – AN INCREASED RISK IN AUTOMATIC MILKING SYSTEMS?
Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan www.asabe.orgCitation: Pp. 091-094 in Fifth International Dairy Housing Proceedings of the 29-31 January 2003 Conference (Fort Worth, Texas USA) 701P0203.(doi:10.13031/2013.11608)
Authors: K. Persson Waller, T. Westermark, T. Ekman, and K. Svennersten-Sjaunja
Keywords: Automatic milking, milk leakage, mastitis, dairy cows
Milk leakage between milkings can increase the risk for udder infections and mastitis in dairy
cows. Recently, the number of automatic milking systems (AMS) has increased in Swedish dairy
farms. Studies indicate that the udder health of such farms can decline. The reasons behind this are
not clear, but there are indications that milk leakage occurs more frequently in such systems.
However, no data are available on the actual incidence of milk leakage in AMS, or in other
housing systems. Therefore, the aim of this study was to investigate the incidence of milk leakage
in different housing systems, and its relationship with various cow and management factors.