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By A. Meijering, H. Hogeveen, C. J. A. M. de Koning

This booklet displays the information on automated milking generated world wide because the yr 2000. Its is a compendium of the current kingdom of information within the box of automated milking

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Research is needed to optimise these diets and methods of feed delivery so that both high production and high voluntary milking are achieved. Capacity of the AM-system The capacity of an AMS is often expressed as the number of milkings per day. This number will depend on a number of factors including the number of stalls, the use of selection gates, milking frequency, machine on time, herd size and cow traffic system. Increasing the number of milkings per cow per day does not necessarily contribute to a higher output of milk per day for the AMS.

Implications on leisure and quality of life Farmers were asked about their opinion about certain statements concerning friends, hobbies and family time. The answers to statements concerning leisure may be affected by the number of cows before and after investing in the AM-system. Therefore, we will also report the results for the three herd size change categories. The large majority of the farmers (86%) agree with the statement of being able to spend more time with their family. This percentage is the highest in The Netherlands (89%) and the lowest in Denmark (71%).

Table 1. shows the ten most frequently dealt with topics in the 14 newspapers analyzed. 3% of all items, followed by BSE and akrylamid (although this last named is mostly accounted for by the large number of items in the Swedish newspapers). The economics of farming comes in fourth place. Table 2 contains the distribution of news items across more general categories. It shows that one issue in particular dominated the news coverage of the sector: food scares/safety which accounted for just over a half of all news items and which, as we have seen, was dominated by akrylamid, nitrofen, PCB and FMD.

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