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Design Considerations for Milking Machines Used in Brazil

Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan

Citation:  Paper number  033015,  2003 ASAE Annual Meeting . (doi: 10.13031/2013.14994) @2003
Authors:   Debora A. Costa, Douglas J. Reinemann, Pierre Billon
Keywords:   Milking Machines, Design, Energy, Milk Quality

ISO standards present performance requirements and design guidelines for milking machine installations. The design guidelines are largely based on typical operating conditions in high producing herds using European genetics. Some milking machine design parameters have a substantial influence on the energy used during the milking process. The objective of a larger study was to perform a survey of milking practices in Brazil and document the milking characteristics and milk quality implications of varying degrees of crossbreeding and the use of calves for pre-milking stimulation. The information from this larger study was used to perform this review of milking machine design to determine the energy implications of a milking machine designed for Brazilian conditions. Aspects of reducing the capital cost and cleaning efficiency are also reviewed.

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