Dairy cow behavior affects the availability of an automatic milking system.

@article{Jacobs2012DairyCB,
  title={Dairy cow behavior affects the availability of an automatic milking system.},
  author={Jerry A. Jacobs and Kristina I Ananyeva and Janice M. Siegford},
  journal={Journal of dairy science},
  year={2012},
  volume={95 4},
  pages={2186-94}
}
Facility design can affect the accessibility of an automatic milking system (AMS). In particular, gates and alleys positioned around the AMS may affect cow traffic and cow behavior, potentially affecting the duration of time the AMS is available for milking. Eighty-four Holstein cows of various parities and days in milk were randomly divided between 2 groups, each group having access to its own AMS. Cow locations and behaviors in the AMS entrance and exit areas, as well as in the adjacent… CONTINUE READING