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Milking parlor

Introduction
Know what’s happening with each dairy animal and the bulk milk tank in or near the milking parlor on the farm.
On this page we’ll only consider conventional milking parlors. For robotic milking, please click here.

For an introductory and abstract description of the Ekomilk – AMP system, click on the button:
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Ekomilk-AMP integration near or into the milking parlor
There are 2 common scenarios for conventional milking parlors:

  1. One central Ekomilk Horizon with the AMPI sample feeder (sample changer, sample collector), near the milking parlor.
    • This cost-efficient option requires the least investment and the least installation steps. Available from Q4 2017 and depending on your region.
      Please find here an intro video of the AMPI Sample Feeder with Ekomik Horizon: The sample feeder verifies and prepares every sample before supplying it to the milk analysis unit.
  2. On every milking position a digital AMPI sampler-connection: A rugged LCD display and an automatic sampler are required on every milking position.
    • This option requires a more significant upfront investment and installation. Available from Q1 2018 and depending on your region. An Ekomilk & AMP partnership program will be launched for this topic.
    • The automatic samplers in itself have a relatively high cost and are intended to create a milk sample during (a part of) the milking process, from which the somatic cell count value can be derived with acceptable accuracy.
    • In this scenario, in future we also plan to create an optional module for automatic diversion of high SCC milk into a separate jar or tank.
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Click here for more info on somatic cell count and mastitis

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Configure here your own Ekomilk-AMP solution
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EkoMilk Horizon Milk Somatic Cell Count Mastitis Monitor with_smartphone

Somatic cell count in milk, $0.04/test

Our suggestion:

Our research shows that the most appropriate tool for reliable somatic cell count in milk , in the milking parlor or in a lab, is Ekomilk Horizon.

The cost per test is about zero ($0.04) and the average measurement duration lays around 45s, also thanks to the automatic sample changer (sample feeder, sampler) from AMPI Ltd. Milk samples could come from the bulk milk tank, composite udder milk or specific quarters. Please find here an introductory video:

The brief specifications in PDF format can be found here: Ekomilk Horizon Somatic Cell Count for Udder Health and Mastitis Control and milk quality management, milk composition analysis at $0.04 per analysis.

For an introductory and abstract description of the Ekomilk – AMP system, click on the button:
Ekomilk-AMP system description

There are 3 models of Ekomilk Horizon:

  • Ekomilk Horizon Essential (EHE): this model only measures the somatic cell count in milk. With optional Sample Feeder. Essential AMP modules are always included.
  • Ekomilk Horizon Unlimited (EHU): besides somatic cell count, also the main milk constituents and cow health indicators are  measured:
    • butterfat content (%),
    • protein content (%),
    • solids: the sum of butterfat, proteins, minerals, lactose content
    • conductivity and pH (on request)
    • lactose, water – adulteration (on request)
    • acidosis and ketosis (on request)

    With optional Sample Feeder. Essential AMP modules are always included.

  • Ekomilk Horizon iBond: calculates the milk payment during each milk collection in real time. Usually available through partnerships only. Please contact us for more information.

 
Please find here an intro video of Ekomik Horizon with the AMPI Sample Feeder. The sample feeder verifies and prepares every sample before supplying it to the milk analysis unit. The sample feeder for EHU requires extra components relative to the Sample Feeder for EHE hence the price is also slightly different.
 
For price quote requests, please indicate your preferred package and configuration:
Configure your own Ekomilk-AMP solution
Click here if you don’t like long forms or if you want us to call you back
 

Accuracy and reliability of Ekomilk Horizon Unlimited:
Click here for a study on the accuracy of on-farm real-time milk analysis with Ekomilk – AMP near the milking parlor.

Ekomilk-AMP integration into the milking parlor or direct connection to the milking robot

Full integration of Ekomilk-AMP into the milking parlor is possible. There are 2 common scenarios for conventional milking parlors. Please find here the details: Milking parlor

  1. One central Ekomilk Horizon with the sample feeder (sample changer).
    • This cost-efficient option requires the least investment and the least installation. Available from Q3 2017 and depending on your region.
      Please see the above intro video.
  2. Digital AMPI sampler-connection on every milking position: A rugged LCD display and an automatic sampler are required on every milking position.
    • This scenario requires a more significant upfront investment and installation. Available from Q2 2018 and depending on your region. An Ekomilk & AMP partnership program will be launched for this topic.
    • The automatic samplers in itself have a relatively high cost and are intended to create a milk sample during (a part of) the milking process, from which the somatic cell count value can be derived with acceptable accuracy.
    • In this scenario, in future we also plan to create an optional module for automatic diversion of high SCC milk into a separate jar or tank.
    • Milking parlors

       

  • A milking robot. No need for a Shuttle, analyse every cow in real-time, at the end of the milking process, just before she leaves the robot.
    • Only a limited investment is needed to connect Ekomilk Horizon directly to your milking robot (for almost all popular robot brands). Only 1 Ekomilk Horizon per robot is needed and no robot Shuttle or ORI or AMPI Sample Feeder because every sample is analyzed within about a minute, well before the next cow comes.  For successful integration, details are needed about the digital signals and tube diameters from your robot so the milk sample can be analyzed in real-time.
    • Direct Ekomilk connection to milking robots

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    Introduction to somatic cell count and mastitis on dairy farms

    There are various academic sources on the web which will give you a good introduction to the relevance of  regularly measuring the somatic cell concentration in milk from cows and tanks. Somatic cell count (SCC) is the most reliable and widely accepted indicator for udder inflammation. Somatic cell count can be used for:

    • selective dry cow therapy (SDCT)
      • to decide which dairy cow needs antimicrobial treatment when drying off
    • udder health:
      • the status of the udder and the cow in general and which actions to take on herd level and on individual level, can be decided using ao. individual and herd-level SCC results.
      • also to decide which milk sample requires further diagnosis (bacterial culture, PCR etc)
    • udder hygiene:
      • to evaluate the effectiveness of teat dips, which are usually sprays or foaming solutions, somatic cell count is the best indicator
    • vitamins and cow feed additives:
      • while certain suppliers and manufacturers claim that their vitamins, feed additives lower the mastitis incidence rate, the sub-clinical mastitis incidence rate and its dairy farm prevalence can only be confirmed via SCC and the historic analysis thereof.
    • milk quality and milk payment:
      • the concentration of somatic cells (cell count level) in the bulk milk tank is usually linked to the milk payment because a higher concentration of such “body” cells indeed means a lower milk quality, impacting further dairy processing etc
    • milking  parlor:
      • cows with a high individual SCC, could spoil the milk tank and lead to the bulk milk tank exceeding the allowed limits (thresholds for penalties or bonuses). By integrating a reliable somatic cell count system in the milking parlor, high cell count milk could automatically be diverted into a separate milk tank or jar.

    More background to somatic cell count and mastitis on dairy farms can be found here:
    www.ekomilk.eu/content/introduction-mastitis-monitoring-and-somatic-cell-count”

     
    Configure your own Ekomilk-AMP solution
    Click here if you don’t like long forms or if you want us to call you back

    For obtaining a quote for a full Mastitis Control package or special “Selective Dry Cow Therapy” package, including Ekomilk Horizon, click here

    For an introductory and abstract description of the Ekomilk – AMP system, click on the button:
    Ekomilk-AMP system description