The milking system itself and how it is operated has a great impact on udder health and milk production and thus directly affects the welfare and the health of dairy cows Indicators for the assessment of milking systems were recorded and evaluated for the extent to which they can provide meaningful recommendations for assessment and action In the long term the data will be integrated into an analysis tool and be made available to practitioners and milking consultants RESULTS Milking problems can arise from the way in which the technology is set up the structural conditions the technical equipment itself or the herd The human is at the forefront of this very often people are the cause of and at the same time the key to solving milking problems Milking staff need to be trained in how to handle the technology and the animals and in how to perform milking routines Plus they need to learn about milking hygiene and udder health 60 cows per hour per labourer remains a valid target number for group milking stands The organization of work can be optimized by company specific data collection For company managers the analysis of working hours and workflows contains important information on which routine work can be done in real time with the scheduled staff Milking time tests vacuum measurements during milking should be linked to further information such as teat classification animal behaviour and residual milk quantity in the udder The measured data are useful for setting up the milking system and for removing the milking equipment and may indicate unsuitable teat rubbers If end of milking strippings quantity of milk remaining in the udder after milking are to be recorded manual milking is superior to a visual assessment of the udder Varying amounts of residual milk in different cows can be an indicator of incorrect settings at individual milking places FINAL REPORT www eip agrar sh de eip innovationsprojekte CONTACT PERSON Prof Dr Eberhard Hartung phone 49 431 880 2107 ehartung ilv uni kiel de und Angelika Häußermann phone 49 431 880 1544 ahaeussermann ilv uni kiel de MILKING SYSTEMS AFFECT ANIMAL WELFARE InnoMelk Indikatoren für die Beurteilung von Melkanlagen wurden er fasst und sollen in ein elektronisches Analyse Tool einfließen 44 Li ve st oc k fa rm in g Ca tt le

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