Online milk monitor in the pipeline
Farmers will be able to cheaply and quickly monitor milk quality as part of a new online monitoring system that is being developed.
Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) and Quality Bar Services Ltd are working together to develop the system using sensor technology developed at CIT.
Dairy farmers will be able to get information on volume, protein and butterfat along with information on mastitis infection to help reduce overall cell count and improve productivity.
"The system will measure the physical and chemical properties of milk, from protein and lactose levels to butterfat content, using optical, conductive, flow and thermal sensors that sits in-situ with the milking machine," says Robert Butterly from QBS.