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Use of Electrical Coductivity Sensors to monitor Health Status and Quality of Milk in Dairy Goats

Mauro Zaninelli, Luciana Rossi, Annamaria Costa, Francesco Maria Tangorra, Alesandro Agazzi, Giovanni Savoini

Abstract


Intramammary infection (IMI) can adversely affect, in dairy goats, milk quality and milk yield leading to high economical losses. Although somatic cell count (SCC) and microbiological tests could be valid approaches to detect IMI, other methods of IMI early detection may be useful to detect infected animals and to improve milk quality.

The aim of this study was to test a new multivariate model developed with the fuzzy logic technology and based on the milk EC - acquired on-line for each gland by dedicated sensors - and on new qualitative and quantitative indexes derived from the spectrum of the recorded signals.

Results obtained showed that the fuzzy logic model tested could achive better results than those already reached in dairy goat research. Nevertheless, further experiment and more field data could be useful to reach the best possible accuracy that this multivariate approach could show.



Keywords

Electrical conductivity; Fuzzy logic; dairy goat

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.13130/2283-3927/6468

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