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International symposium automatic milking

In 2000, the book Robotic Milking was published, reflecting the proceedings of an International Symposium, which was held in The Netherlands. At that time, commercial introduction of automatic milking systems was no longer obstructed by technological inadequacies. Particularly in a few west-European countries, systems were being installed at an increasing rate. However, it was recognised that the changeover from “traditional” to automatic milking affected the farming operation, herd management and control of milk quality profoundly and that many of the implications were still unknown. So, new challenges in various fields of dairy farming and new research areas emerged.

Since this previous International Symposium, much has happened. In general automatic milking has been adopted as a realistic alternative for milking in the milking parlour. Systems have gradually been improved and, maybe even more important, farmers have become more familiar with their potential and limitations, both technically and in herd management. The level of scientific knowledge on automatic milking has increased largely as well because of research efforts all over the world. A significant share of these efforts has been made within the framework of a EU-granted project on the implications of the introduction of automatic milking on dairy farms with participation of seven research institutes and six industrial companies from six countries.

The Proceedings reflect the knowledge on automatic milking generated all over the world in the last few years. Its contents can therefore be regarded as the present state of knowledge in the field of automatic milking, for a better understanding.

Proceedings of the International Symposium Automatic Milking, a better understanding, organised in Lelystad, The Netherlands, and March 2004. Edited by A. Meijering, H. Hogeveen and C.J.A.M. de Koning.

ISBN 9076998388, Wageningen Academic Publishers.

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Applied Research, Animal Sciences Group WUR
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