The AMS project - New approaches for management and breeding of dairy cows in automatic milking systems (AMS)

The AMS project - New approaches for management and breeding of dairy cows in automatic milking systems (AMS)

In this project we study traits related to breeding, feeding, health and reproduction in dairy cows on AMS farms. Management of AMS farms is also an important aim of the Project.

prosjekt

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The current project focus on opportunities and challenges on Norwegian farms with automatic milking systems (AMS), such as; feeding, health and reproduction, breeding for better adaptation of dairy cows to AMS, management of AMS farms and farmers technology adaptation. Furthermore, the applicability of milking time testing in AMS is adressed. An important part of the project deals with the development of novel mathematical approaches to model multidimensional data

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Energy balance, health, and reproduction in AMS

Milk production, subclinical ketosis and reproductive performance of dairy cows are strongly influenced by their energy status during the first weeks after calving

Energy balance, health, and reproduction in AMS

Milking time testing

Evaluation of relationships between teat-end condition and milking time tests such as; milk flow, length of overmilking period, vacuum levels in the teatcups, total milking time and vacuum in the mouth piece chamber

Breeding for better adaptation of dairy cows to AMS

Breeding for better adaptation of dairy cows to AMS

In the AMS herds, the cows meet new challenges in the environment and the breeding program needs to be adjusted accordingly with respect to traits, trait definitions and weights in the total merit index.

Technology adaptation, HES and dairy farm management

Technology adaptation, HES and dairy farm management

Technology adaptation and new management methods in AMS herds influence quality of life for farmers

Feeding

Feeding

The main aim of the feeding part of the AMS-project is to develop procedures for dynamic adjustment of feeding in agreement with feed intake and energy balance.

Mer om prosjektet

The project is funded by The Foundation for Research Levy on Agricultural Products, Tine, Geno and DeLaval