Project: On-line Milk Analysis System in milk and transmission of collected sensing data to herd management system in dairy plants.

DeLaval and FST will cooperate to develop innovative and revolutionary product to the dairy market, an On-Line Milk Analyze System. The product/system will analyze and record the quantity or percentage of substrates in the milk, and/or the odor of the milk, in order to detect abnormal milk related to the milk quality or the health of the cow. The data which will be collect will be transmitted to a controller in the farm. Based on incoming data analysis, a decision Making Management System will be established. Data from different farms will be available by transmitting it to a central database, (PC Anywhere, or 3G Mobile). The new system will enable real time tracing of low quality milk which would save the farmer unnecessary expenses:_x000D_ • Milking sick cow fruitlessly _x000D_ • Decreasing the total yield by mixing low quality milk with good one._x000D__x000D_Milk and milk products are one of the most important and common animal products for human consumption. The demand on dairy production is to produce high quality milk with a composition corresponding to the consumers’ demands. Hygienic milking routine is a central part in dairy management to optimize production capacity and milk quality. Milking is not only a procedure where the milk is extracted from the teats, it is an event where many physiological mechanisms are activated in the body of the lactating cow, events which influence mechanisms regulating production capacity, milk composition, feed intake and animal behavior. The possibility to interact with the biology of the cow in order to produce milk with high quality and optimal yield is therefore partly through the milking technique and milking routines. _x000D__x000D_The prerequisite to produce milk in an economical way is to have a relatively high yield with high quality, which means high production from healthy animals not suffering from any kind of disease in the mammary gland. One of the most common and costly disease in dairy herds that influence milk quality is Mastitis. In many cases the farmer is only aware of the clinical cases, hence it is highly important to allow farmers to have a constant online monitoring transmission of diagnostics methods for mastitis. It has been reported that clinical mastitis rates are generally 20-100 cases/100 cows per year. Sub-clinical infection levels are 5-35% of quarters infected by major pathogen bacteria. The clinical mastitis is rather easy to detect for the farmer, yet sub-clinical mastitis is more difficult to detect, since there is no visible clinical signs, while the somatic cells count in the milk increase, and other molecular and cellular changes. The demand for rapid and reliable mastitis diagnostic procedures is increasing as farms become larger with high producing cows and intensive management and automatic milking systems are introduced._x000D__x000D_Three CO needed Applications:_x000D_1. Detecting "Standing heat" (Estrus) - environmental "cow side" (and/or in milk)_x000D_2. Detecting Mastitis (clinical & sub-clinical) - in milk ("on-line")_x000D_3. Detecting Milk Quality (ingredients) - in milk ("on-line")_x000D_The device should be in the milking parlor "add-on", as part of the milk line (preferred in Automatic Milking Systems [AMS] or on individual quarter’s milking pipe)._x000D__x000D_Application Requirements:_x000D_1. High sensitivity_x000D_2. High specificity_x000D_3. Short detection time (seconds up to few minutes)_x000D_4. "Range detecting" to eliminate environmental & on-line interferences ("electronic-noses")_x000D_5. Quantitative measurement ability. _x000D_6. Online Transmission to Farmers and National Laboratory Centers._x000D__x000D_Followed Applications and Responses:_x000D_ • Estrus detection individually in the entrance to the parlor or AMS unit (delaying entering time), or detector in each milking unit. The cows in estrus will separated and directed to separated yard._x000D_ • Affected cows with Mastitis will be recorded, for forward management decision, and directed to treatment yard._x000D_ • Low quality milk will be detected and recorded for forward decision. Some "acceptations" (inhibitory residues, blood etc…) should be detected in seconds, to avoid milk entering the bulk tank, and stop immediately milking and remove the milking cluster. _x000D_ _x000D_Novel approach:_x000D_Our solution is based on quartz crystal microbalance, coated piezoelectric crystals, not only as highly sensitive and selective detector of various air pollutants but also as simple, inexpensive and portable device. The principle of the detection is that the frequency of vibration of an oscillating crystal is decreased by the adsorption of a foreign material on its surface. A gaseous pollutant is selectively adsorbed by a coating on the crystal surface, thereby increasing the weight of the crystal and decreasing the frequency of vibration. The decrease in the frequency is proportional to the increase in weight due to the presence of gas adsorbed on the coating. A sensor has two equally important requirements: sensitivity, selectivity and specificity. _x000D_

Acronym OLMAS (Reference Number: 4369)
Duration 01/02/2008 - 31/10/2011
Project Topic Development of an On-line sensing solution to detect substances in milk during cow milking and transmission of the collected data to the farm controller. Decision Making Management System will analyze data at farm level and optionally also at central database level.
Network Eurostars
Call Eurostars Cut-Off 1

Project partner

Number Name Role Country
2 Food Scent Technologies Ltd. Coordinator Israel
2 DeLaval International Partner Sweden