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Milking procedures, milk flow curves and somatic cell count in dairy cows

Author(s): A. Sandrucci | L. Bava | A. Tamburini | L. Zanini

Journal: Italian Journal of Animal Science
ISSN 1594-4077

Volume: 4;
Issue: 2s;
Start page: 215;
Date: 2010;
Original page

Keywords: milk flow | somatic cell count | milk ejection | dairy cow

Recent availability of electronic mobile milk flow meters allows to study in details milk flow patterns during milking. A normal milk flow profile is characterized by an incline phase, with increasing milk flow, a plateau phase, with steady milk flow, and a decline phase. In these phases milk flow is influenced by many factors: genetic characteristics of the cows, regulation of milking machine and milking routine.
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