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Implications of the introduction of automatic milking on dairy farms

Contract nr: QLK5-CT-1999-31006
Project type: RS (Research and Technological Development Project)
Starting date: 01-10-2000
Duration: 39 months
Total cost: 3,630,102 EUR
EC Contribution: 2,420,000 EUR
Scientific Officer: Michel VAN DEN BOSSCHE
Research topic: 5.1.1. Sustainable agriculture/Animal Systems

Abstract:
The proposal aims at an integration of knowledge on, and developing solutions for any adverse effects of the introduction of automatic milking systems as a major technological innovation on dairy farms in EU Member States. Topics addressed are adoption determinants, socio-economic impacts on farm level, consumer and society acceptance, milking hygiene and milk quality, animal health and welfare, farm operation (including grazing) and management support requirements. Results should facilitate a smooth introduction of automatic milking without adverse, or even with positive, effects on farming conditions, well-being of cows, quality of milk and public acceptance, and complying with EU and national legislation. Objectives are to be achieved by an international and multidisciplinary research and dissemination approach, involving various research techniques.


Coordinator
Albert MEIJERING
Research Institute for Animal Husbandry
Lelystad
THE NETHERLANDS
Tel.: +31 320293211
Fax: +31 320241584
E-mail: a.meijering@pv.agro.nl


Partners
  Karin KNAPPSTEIN
Federal Dairy Research Centre
Kiel
GERMANY
Tel.: +49 431 6091
Fax: +49 431 6092222
E-mail: Knappst@bafm.de
  Morten Dam RASMUSSEN
Danish Institute of Agricultural Sciences
Tjele
DENMARK
Tel.: +45 89991509
Fax: +45 89991500
E-mail: Mortend.rasmussen@agrsci.dk
  J. Eric HILLERTON
Institute for Animal Health
Compton, Newbury
UNITED KINGDOM
Tel.: +44 1635 577248
Fax: +44 1635 577286
E-mail: eric.hillerton@bbsrc.ac.uk
  Erik MATHIJS
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
Leuven
BELGIUM
Tel.: +32 16 324063
Fax: +32 16 324198
E-mail: erik.mathijs@agr.kuleuven.ac.be
  Christel BENFALK
Swedish Institute of Agricultural Engineering
Uppsala
SWEDEN
Tel.: +46 18 303300
Fax: +46 18 300956
E-mail: Christel.benfalk@jti.slu.se
  Hans WIKTORSSON
Sveriges Lantbruksuniversitet
Uppsala
SWEDEN
Tel.: +46 18 671646
Fax: +46 18 672995
E-mail: Hans.Wiktorsson@huv.slu.se
  Rob J. NUGTEREN
Prolion Sales BV
Vijfhuizen
THE NETHERLANDS
Tel.: +31 23 5589050
Fax: +31 23 5589051
E-mail: r.j.nugteren@solcon.nl
  Uwe OSTHUES
Westfalia Landtechnik GmbH
Oelde
GERMANY
Tel.: +49 2522 772228
Fax: +49 2522 772063
E-mail: Osthues.Uwe@westfalia.com
  Aart VAN íT LAND
Lely Industries NV
Maasland
THE NETHERLANDS
Tel.: +31 10 5996333
Fax: +31 10 5996434
E-mail: avantland@lely.nl