Somatotropin (BST): International Dairy Federation technical report
by D.E. Bauman (USA), B.W. McBride (Canada), J.L. Burton (Canada) & K. Sejrsen (Denmark)
This report by Group A22 – Bovine Somatotropin – summarizes the technical and biological implications of somatotropin in the lactating dairy cow. Literature citations are predominantly review articles which provide a more extensive discussion of particular aspects of the biology of somatotropin.
Recent developments in automatic milking
by D. Ordolff (Germany)
The technical requirements for automatic milking and the effects of automation on milk production (milking, recording of milk yield, cleaning and disinfection) are discussed. The paper ends with a look at the global consequences of automatic milking for the farm.
Waste handling on the dairy farm
by G. Carlson (Sweden)
Developments leading to large and specialized dairy production units have led to the use of advanced products and techniques, resulting in the production of more waste and also more hazardous waste. Sweden’s awareness of environmental problems concerning nutrient leakage and ammonia emissions from animal production is obvious. The response to the situation by the farmer, farmers’ organizations, the agricultural extension service, manufacturers, and research institutions is presented. The paper ends with a discussion on future challenges and possibilities.