Operational Group

Development of an innovative, technology-based analysis tool to facilitate animal-friendly milking

Operational Group

Development of an innovative, technology-based analysis tool to facilitate animal-friendly milking

Start Date: 01 June 2015

End Date: 31 May 2018

Location: Germany

Objective:

The optimal adjustment and regular review of the function, setting and equipment of milking systems and knowledge about their effect on udder health and milk production have a direct impact on the welfare and health of animals.

The project is focused on developing and evaluating a sound analysis tool to support farmers in identifying the weaknesses of milking systems. The OG's (operational group) goal is to develop an innovative, technology-based analysis tool (electronic analysis tool, e.g. for smartphones or iPads) to highlight weaknesses in milking systems through a bottom-up process, in conjunction with those involved in the OG. This can then be used by everyone to comprehensively assess milking systems, produce a weakness analysis and use this to derive practical measures for action that can be implemented directly. The analysis tool is to enable standardized, practical data acquisition and also to support the farmer in the interpretation and evaluation of the assessed milking system.

Lead Partner

Forschungs- und Entwicklungszentrum Fachhochschule Kiel GmbH Schwentinestr. 24, DE 24149 Kiel, Björn Lehmann-Matthaei

Tel: 0049 431-2184444, lehmann-matthaei@fh-kiel-gmbh.de

Participating Farmers:

Christian Pahl Mathias Melfsen Frederik Robert Lutze Gut Dummerstorf

Research and research transfer centers:

University of Kiel, Institut Landwirtschaftliche Verfahrenstechnik - Prof. Dr. Eberhard Hartung, University of applied Science Kiel, FB Agrarwirtschaft - Prof. Dr. Urban Hellmuth, Thünen Institut für ökologischen Landbau- Dr. Hans Marten Paulsen

Advisory centers:

Landwirtschaftskammer Niedersachsen - Dr. Michael Hubal Landwirtschaftskammer NRW - Andreas Pelzer

Non profit organisations:

Landeskontrollverband Schleswig-Holstein e.V. (LKVS.-H.), Kiel- Hergen Rowehl

Coordinator name and contact:
Prof. Dr. Eberhard Hartung, University of Kiel, DE-24118 Kiel Tel.: 0049431-8802107, ehartung@ilv.uni-kiel.de

Funding Organisations:
wir fordern den ländlichen Raum, eip-agri