Gabriel Leitner, Dror Bezman, Liubov Lemberskiy-Kuzin, Uzi Merin and Gil Katz
Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Israel
Posters & Accepted Abstracts: J Adv Dairy Res
The structure of the milk industry is going through extensive changes in the last decade; while the number of farms is dropping, the average number of animals in each farm is increasing sharply. Modern dairy farms employ high level of automated computerized data acquisition by sensors installed in the dairy parlor or on the individual cows. This data is utilized in the management system to support decision making in high precision farming. New emerging technologies are an opportunity to assume new characteristics for quality by addressing the raw material potential for high quality and yields of the end product. Cheese making economics maximize yields and quality through efficient recovery of milk constituents and minimizing constituent√Ę¬?¬?s losses in the whey. Raw milk efficiency for cheese manufacturing is determined mainly by the level of milk constituents and its coagulation properties. A new approach for on-farm control of bulk tank milk properties for cheese manufacturing is presented. Afilab√Ę¬?¬Ę milk spectrometer (Afimilk, Afikim, Israel), evaluates coagulation properties in real time during milking, then channels each pull of milk into one of two different bulk tanks A and B, depending on predetermined required traits, and provides on-line information on each cow√Ę¬?¬?s milk yield, milk composition and clotting parameters. Using the system in commercial dairy farms resulted in a significant increase of about 10-15% of the cheese vat yield resulting in increased profitability.
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