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GEA/University of Bonn develop targeted automated milk reduction software

AutoDry won a gold innovation award at EuroTier 2022 for promoting animal welfare and helping farmers reduce the use of antibiotics

Drying off cows with high milk yields is a complex process that comes with risks, including increased risk of mastitis – a risk that is often pre-emptively abated through the use of antibiotics. There are a number of conventional methods to prepare the udder for dry off, including restrictive feeding, reduced number of milkings or abrupt cessation. All of these methods come with risks, though, including metabolic issues, increased pressure in the udder, and insufficient flushing of the udder, which can lead to greater germ pressure. New software from GEA, developed in collaboration with the University of Bonn, Germany, aims to replace conventional methods by preparing cows naturally and optimally for the dry period. The aim of the technology is to help dairy farmers reduce their use of antibiotics, as well as to promote animal welfare and reduce on-farm workload. The software, AutoDry, won a gold medal at EuroTier, which took place in Hannover, Germany in November last year.

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