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Conductimetric Milk Meter: Preliminary Results
Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan www.asabe.orgCitation: Computers in Agriculture and Natural Resources, 4th World Congress Conference, Proceedings of the 24-26 July 2006 (Orlando, Florida USA) Publication Date 24 July 2006 701P0606.(doi:10.13031/2013.21886)
Authors: Mauro Zaninelli, Francesco Maria
Keywords: Milk, milking, milk production, electrical conductivity, milk meters
Accurate milk yield measurement is important to maintaining production efficiency and
improving farm management: yield data enable to implement and evaluate feed rations for individual cows
or groups, calculate actual lactation curves and identify potential health problems proactively. Actually,
many electronic milk metering devices based on different methods of measurement are available on the
market. Accuracy over a wide range of flow rates, foaming effect on milk yield measurement, vacuum drop
across the meter and reliability under widespread farm conditions are the key problems of currently
available electronic milk meters. Aim of this project was the development of a low-cost and compact
straight-thru milk meter that bases its functionality on the measurement of the electrical conductivity of
the milk flowing through the meter.