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Sensor-based mastitis management in automatic milking system farms. Mastitis management from a data-centric and economic perspective

Mastitis, or udder inflammation, is one of the most prevalent and costliest diseases in dairy farming. Automatic milking systems, equipped with sensors measuring mastitis indicators, have been used commercially since the 1990s. These systems are equipped with sensors that measure the cow’s health by analyzing her milk. For instance, these sensors could measure electrical conductivity, the number of immune cells, and activity of enzymes in the milk. Different algorithms have been developed to use this sensor data to alarm the farmer in the case of mastitis. However, less algorithms have been developed to help the farmer decide what to do when mastitis is found.

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